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Federal Judge Dismisses Trump’s Lawsuit Against Twitter

Federal Judge Dismisses Trump’s Lawsuit Against Twitter

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Donald Trump seeking to lift his ban from Twitter on Friday. The social media giant had banned Trump in January 2021, citing the risk of the incitement of further violence on the heels of the Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters.

Trump has recently returned to his own platform, Truth Social, and said does not plan to return to Twitter even if it becomes an option with Elon Musk acquiring the company.

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Trump, the American Conservative Union, and five individuals had sued Twitter and its co-founder Jack Dorsey last year on behalf of themselves and a class of other Twitter users who had been booted from the app. The suit alleged that Twitter violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights to free speech, arguing that the bans were due to pressure on the company by Democratic members of Congress. The suit also asked the judge to rule that the federal Communications Decency Act was unconstitutional. The CDA says online service providers such as Twitter cannot be held responsible for content posted by others.

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Before the ban, Trump was an avid Twitter user, tweeting an average of more than 30 posts per day toward the end of his singular term in office. At the time of the ban, Trump had nearly 90 million followers on Twitter. In July, Trump also filed lawsuits against the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter over similar censorship claims. He is eligible to return to Facebook in 2023, when his two-year suspension expires.

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