Trump’s lawsuit to lift Twitter ban dismissed
Former President Donald Trump
Tom Brenner | Reuters
Judge on Friday dismissed the claim former President Donald Trump trying to lift the Twitter ban.
But San Francisco U.S. District Court Judge James Donato left the door open for Trump and other plaintiffs to file an amended complaint against Twitter that is in line with his decision released Friday.
The social media giant banned Trump in January 2021, citing the risk of inciting further violence in the wake of the Capitol riots from a mob of supporters of the then president.
Trump, the American Conservative Union and five people sued Twitter and its co-founder Jack Dorsey last year on their own behalf and on behalf of a class of other Twitter users who were downloaded from the app.
The lawsuit alleged that Twitter violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment free speech rights and asked a judge to declare the federal Communications Decency Act unconstitutional.
The CDA says online service providers such as Twitter cannot be held responsible for content posted by others.
Donato’s decision comes almost two weeks after Trump told CNBC he was not interested in returning to Twitter, even if his ban was lifted by Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, whose $44 billion offer to buy Twitter was accepted by the company’s board of directors. .
Prior to the ban, Trump was an active Twitter user, averaging over 30 messages per day by the end of his presidency. At the time of the ban, Trump had almost 90 million followers on Twitter.
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