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Monday, October 25, 2021

Trump is asking the judge to re-establish his account on Twitter

Former President Donald Trump on Friday asked a federal judge in a Florida civil lawsuit to force Twitter to reopen his account.

Trump has told several other plaintiffs that the ban on his Twitter account violated the First Amendment and possibly violated Florida’s newly enacted Stop Social Media Censorship Act.

The former president filed a preliminary injunction against Twitter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing that the social media company was “forced” by members of the U.S. Congress to suspend his account. He then suggested that the ban on his Twitter account should be considered a government move to amend the First Amendment because it was a result of the state’s “coercive power.”

Trump’s lawyers in the filing (PDF) say that “Twitter” uses a kind of power and control over political discussions in this country which is immeasurable, historically unprecedented and deeply dangerous for the democratic debate.

The Epoch Times reached out to Twitter for comment.

If Trump’s account is not re-established, the ban will affect the 2022 election, Trump’s lawyers said, quoting constitutional lawyer Alan Dershoitz.

“The plaintiff loses the ability to speak out about the loss of its donor and merchandising platform, and its opinions, content and approval of local candidates,” the filing reads.

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Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after he violated the US Capital in January.

Before blocking him, Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone.

While permanently removing Trump’s account, Twitter said his tweets violated the platform’s policy by excluding “praise for violence.”

However, Trump argued in court that Twitter allowed the Taliban to regularly tweet about their military victories across Afghanistan, but censored his tweets as “misleading information” during his presidency.

In July, Trump sued Twitter, Facebook, and the alphabet Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging that they had illegally silenced conservative views.

Reuters contributed to the report.

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Allen Zhang is a longtime writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is on US politics.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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