Trump is requesting a court injunction to allow him to use his banned Twitter account again.
Former President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to order Twitter to restore his account, which was disabled following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurgency.
On Friday, Trump’s lawyers sought an injunction against Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, for what they claimed was a violation of the former president’s First Amendment rights.
According to the filing, “Defendant wields an unparalleled level of power and control over political discourse in this country,” which is “deeply hazardous to open democratic debate.”
According to the complaint, Democrats pressured Twitter into banning Trump from the platform, which is used to disseminate news and information. It cited previous court decisions that referred to the Internet as “the modern public square.”
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal actions taken by Trump since his July lawsuit against social media companies that had banned him from their platforms. The complaint cited previous statements by top congressional Democrats calling for Trump’s Twitter account to be terminated for making false and provocative remarks.
Days after the deadly insurgency in the US Capitol, Twitter permanently blocked Trump’s account, citing “the potential of additional instigation of violence.” Trump’s account has also been deactivated on Facebook.
More recent statements by President Joe Biden and other government officials denouncing social media for disseminating COVID-19 falsehoods were cited in the most recent legal brief. According to the filing, Twitter is collaborating with the White House to turn its platform into a “Ministry of Truth,” a reference to George Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.
According to the petition, Twitter has selectively enforced its policies, noting that the Taliban’s account is still live on the network.
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