US court rejects Donald Trump’s request to lift Twitter ban

Trump was kicked off Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement to violence”.

San Francisco:

A lawsuit filed by former US President Donald Trump seeking to reinstate his banned Twitter account was dismissed by a federal judge in California on Friday.

The lawsuit’s argument that Twitter ‘censored’ Trump in violation of free speech rights was weak, since the First Amendment prohibits government agencies — not private companies — from interfering with what citizens say. , the judge said in his ruling.

“The amended complaint does not plausibly allege a First Amendment claim against Twitter,” U.S. District Court Judge James Donato said in a ruling dismissing the lawsuit.

“The TOS (Terms of Service) gave Twitter contractual permission to act as it sees fit with respect to any account or content for any reason or no reason.”

Donato left the door open for the lawsuit — which was filed by Trump, the American Conservative Union and a few people who claimed they were “de-platforming” — to be amended and refiled.

The lawsuit names Twitter and its former chief Jack Dorsey as defendants, and seeks cash damages and an order to immediately restore the suspended accounts.

Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account two days after his speech at a “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, inflamed a crowd that later besieged the Capitol as lawmakers certified President Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump was kicked off Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement to violence” caused by his tweets, the service said at the time.

The court defeat comes as billionaire Elon Musk is in the process of taking over Twitter and vowing to limit content moderation to the legal minimum.

The deal forces Musk to revisit the brash Republican’s ban – a move that could upend US politics as the nation heads into November’s midterm elections as well as Trump’s possible re-election bid in 2024 .

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