Donald Trump asked the US judge to ask Twitter to restore his account.
DONALD TRUMP — The former United States President asked a federal judge in Florida to ask Twitter to restore his account.
Reuters reported that Trump filed a request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing the company was “coerced” by members of the US Congress to suspend his account.
The social media company, as well as several other social media platforms, banned the former US President from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol last January 6.
That followed a speech by the former US President in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was due to “widespread fraud”, an assertion that was rejected by multiple courts and state election officials.
In the filing that was reported earlier by Bloomberg, Trump’s lawyers said that Twitter exercised a degree of power and control over political discourse in the US that was “immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate”.
Based on the report, Twitter declined to comment on the filing when contacted by Reuters.
The social media company said at the time of permanently removing Donald Trump’s account that his tweets had violated the platform’s policy barring “glorification of violence” and his tweets that led to the removal were “highly likely” to urge people to replicate what happened at the Capitol.
Donald Trump had over 88 million Twitter followers and used his account as his social media megaphone before he was blocked.
In the court filing, Donald Trump argued that Twitter allowed the Taliban to regularly tweet about their military victories across Afghanistan but censored him during his presidency by labeling his tweets as “misleading information” or indicating they violated Twitter’s rules against “glorifying violence”.
Last July, Trump sued Twitter, Alphabet Inc’s Google, and Facebook, as well as their chief executives, alleging that they unlawfully silenced conservative viewpoints.