US judge dismisses Trump lawsuit challenging his Twitter ban
A US judge has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against social media platform Twitter for restoring his account.
U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco on Friday dismissed the lawsuit challenging his suspension from the platform, Reuters reported.
The judge disagreed with Trump’s argument that Twitter violated his right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after protesters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in hopes of blocking lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden’s victory, nullifying the result of the 2020 presidential election, but to no avail.
The assault followed a speech by Trump in which he reiterated claims that his electoral defeat in November was due to widespread fraud.
Trump’s attorneys alleged in a court filing last year that 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.”
Following the deletion of Trump’s account, Twitter said his tweets violated the platform’s policy against “glorifying violence”. The platform then said Trump’s tweets that led to his removal were “highly likely” to encourage people to replicate what happened during the Capitol violence.
Trump, who believes the election was rigged by the US establishment in favor of Biden, said the 2020 presidential election was “the biggest election hoax in history”.
According to recent polls, most Republicans also believe the election was stolen from the former president and that Trump is the rightful president of the United States.
Trump has accused Twitter and Facebook of wanting to help Joe Biden’s campaign by enforcing policies that restrict users’ ability to share a New York Post story containing alleged details of Hunter Biden’s business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company, claiming also that the former vice president had met with a company adviser.
“Now Big Tech – you see what’s going on with Big Tech? – is censoring these stories to try to get Biden out of this impossible stalemate. He’s in big trouble,” Trump said.
“He and his family are crooked and they got caught, they got caught,” Trump added.
Pulitzer Prize-winning American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald revealed in a recent article that an axis of the CIA, Big Tech and the DNC-allied wing of the corporate media has been spreading an outright lie. in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election to help Biden win the vote.
He wrote that “the CIA, Big Tech, the liberal wing of corporate media, and the Democratic Party ‘censored and suppressed’ a series of major reports about then-presidential front-runner Joe Biden.