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Sunday, October 03, 2021

Former President Trump Sues Twitter Over Account Ban

Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in Florida seeking to force Twitter to reinstate him, arguing the platform’s ban violates the First Amendment and Florida’s new social media law.  

Trump is seeking a preliminary injunction of Twitter’s ban, according to the complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida late Friday. The former president argues that Twitter, “coerced by members of the United States Congress,” is censoring him, describing the social media platform as “a major avenue of public discourse.” Trump seeks to be temporarily reinstated on Twitter while he continues his efforts toward permanent reinstatement.

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,” the complaint states. The former president used his account to announce policy and personnel decisions (often to the surprise of the agencies and people involved), criticize political enemies, and spread misinformation about election results.

Twitter permanently banned his account in January, two days after the deadly January 6th riot at the Capitol building by pro-Trump supporters seeking to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Twitter at first put a 12-hour ban on the former president’s account for “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” after he posted tweets repeating lies that the election was stolen. 

The platform made the ban permanent two days later. Other social platforms, including Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube, also banned the former president after the January 6th riots. Facebook’s Oversight Board later upheld that platform’s decision.
At the time it was banned, the Twitter account had more than 88 million followers

In the Friday filing, Trump argues that his Twitter account “became an important source of news and information about government affairs and was a digital town hall,” where the former president posted his views. At the time of the ban, Trump had 88 million Twitter followers. Twitter also censored him during his presidency, Trump claims, by labeling some of his tweets as “misleading information,” which the platform said violated its rules against “glorifying violence.”

Trump’s complaint also cites Florida’s new social media law, which prohibits social media companies from “knowingly” deplatforming politicians, and requires the platforms to apply “censorship, deplatforming, and shadow banning standards in a consistent manner.” Trump argues that Twitter has not enforced its standards in a consistent manner. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law in May, but a federal judge blocked it in July before it could take effect. DeSantis’ administration is appealing that decision.

Twitter declined to comment Saturday.

from msn


  1. It is not by force na.
    He opened his own media outfit and it didn’t get the following he thought he would get so he quickly and quietly shut it down. Now he wants Twitter to unban him. I even wonder why some people continue to represent him when he practically refuses to pay his attorneys. They should go ask Rudy.

    1. he knows he has a large following on twitter and the audience he craves most is there. He will not let go easily

  2. Lmaooo, Thirsty Trump, twitter is like a drug of abuse for him. Chief attention seeker has missed being the centre of attention.
    Shey he opened his own social media app, what happened to growing it to compete with the likes of twitter? F9 for fail!!

    1. The media app, was launched but failed.
      Not enough followers.
      E shock am so he shut it down.
      His friends on Twitter didn’t follow him to his own media app.

  3. Did he or his ppl actually read the Terms if service agreement before actually signing up for the account? If ppl read those agreements they likely wouldn't sign up for any accounts.

  4. 70 years old papa still dey drag to stay on social media


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