Former President Donald Trump filed a motion late last week seeking to have a federal judge force Twitter to reinstate his account.
Trump has remained banned from Twitter, a vital outlet for his political messaging, ever since he was blamed for the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
Twitter, having previously said they would not remove posts from world leaders due to the “newsworthiness” of their comments, blocked Trump’s account nearly 10 months ago.
And now he wants it back.
The motion argues that censoring Trump shouldn’t be allowed because the social media platform “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 motion filed by former President Trump asks for a preliminary injunction at the earliest possible date “to reinstate Plaintiff’s access to its platform and lift all temporary or permanent bans on Plaintiff’s Twitter account(s).”
Since his ban, Trump has been relegated to sending his political thoughts and musings through email.
This past summer, he filed a lawsuit against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and search engine Google and their CEO, Sundar Pichai.
Legal experts have said those lawsuits are unlikely to go very far.
In his motion to force Twitter to reinstate his account, the former President argues that the platform has violated his First Amendment right to free speech.
“Defendant’s censorship and prior restraint of Plaintiff’s speech violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and likewise violates Florida’s newly enacted Stop Social Media Censorship Act (SSMCA),” it reads.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the SSMCA into law this past May.
“If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable,” DeSantis said.
A federal judge, however, blocked the law in June saying it likely violated free speech rights.
Twitter banning Trump for posts that are regarded as misinformation is quite rich, especially considering how the platform in hindsight misinformed its users leading up to and beyond the election.
Dorsey admitted his company’s censorship during the 2020 presidential election was unwarranted, as they actively moved to suppress negative information about President Biden and his son, Hunter.
Information that ultimately was proven accurate.
Big Tech companies were mentioned in an extraordinary TIME Magazine investigative piece titled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
The report detailed how an extensive network of powerful and wealthy people ran a “shadow” campaign in order to ‘save’ the election.
How Trump can be banned by Twitter for stretching the truth when left-wing politicians are allowed to lie on a daily basis – the ‘$3.5 trillion spending bill costs $0’ party comes to mind – and purveyors of violence such as Iran’s Supreme Leader are allowed defies explanation.
What will come of this motion?
Axios notes that President Trump frequently announces his intent to sue entities that have wronged him but that he “rarely” follows through “in terms of winning a judgment or even taking cases to trial.”
Will this demand of a federal judge be just another hollow threat?
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