Will a federal judge in Florida force Twitter to restore Trump’s access on its platform?
On Friday, former President Donald Trump filed a request asking for a preliminary injunction against Twitter. It was filed in the U.S. District Court in Florida. The filing, which was first reported by Bloomberg, declared that U.S. Congress members “coerced” the social media giant to suspend Trump’s account.
In the filing, Trump’s lawyers stated that the social media company exercised an “immeasurable and historically unprecedented” amount of “power and control over political discourse” in the nation and this it was hugely dangerous “to open democratic debate.”
The filing also noted that Twitter allowed regular tweets from the Taliban, mentioning their military victories across Afghanistan. However, it had censored Trump and had labeled his tweets as “misleading information.” It also argued that Twitter also mentioned that some his tweets had violated the company rules as they “glorified violence.”
Reuters contacted Twitter for comment but the social media company declined to do so.
Earlier in July, the former president had filed lawsuits against three of the largest social media giants in the nation: Twitter, Facebook Inc. and Google and their CEOs. The suit said that the tech giants were unlawfully silencing conservative viewpoints.
When a violent mob of pro-Trump supporters had stormed the Capitol on January 6, social media companies based in the nation banned Trump from their platforms. Twitter banned him for life, YouTube put an indefinite ban on his account and Facebook will review the ban against him well after the primaries in 2022.
Trump had a huge following in all of the above social media platforms. He reportedly had over 88 million followers on Twitter. Many people who were familiar with the matter used to say that it was his favorite medium of communication. Trump has been fighting to come back on it as well as on the other social media networks with lawsuits.
Source CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters