San Francisco judge dismisses Trump lawsuit challenging Twitter suspension | donald trump

A US judge on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter challenging his suspension from the platform.

In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco rejected Trump’s argument that Twitter violated his First Amendment right to free speech under the U.S. Constitution.

Twitter and other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol in a deadly riot on January 6, 2021.

The assault came after a speech by Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his electoral defeat in November was due to widespread fraud, a claim rejected by several state courts and election officials.

Trump’s attorneys alleged in a court filing last year that Twitter “exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate.”

When permanently deleting Trump’s account, Twitter said his tweets violated the platform’s policy prohibiting the “glorification of violence.” The company then said Trump’s tweets that led to his removal were “highly likely” to encourage people to replicate what happened during the Capitol Riots.

Before being blocked, Trump had more than 88 million Twitter followers and used it as his social media megaphone.

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