A judge has dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter challenging his ban from the social media platform.
The year-old president was kicked off Twitter and other social media platforms after his supporters violently attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Now US District Judge James Donato has dismissed Mr Trump’s claim that Twitter violated his right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The deadly attack to prevent confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory came after Mr Trump delivered a speech at the White House repeating his false claims about his defeat, which since November 2020 has been upheld by judges in courtrooms across the country .
When Mr. Trump’s lawyers filed his case in the San Francisco court in 2021, they explained that the company, now subject to a $44 billion takeover by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, had “a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country is immeasurable, historically unprecedented and deeply dangerous to open democratic debate.”
Mr Trump had more than 88 million followers when his account was banned from Twitter and he has since set up his own platform, Truth Social.
He has denied he will return to Twitter if Mr Musk finalizes his deal to buy the company and has insisted on staying on his own platform.
In his 17-page written ruling, the judge wrote that Mr. Trump and the five other plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Twitter “do not assume a position of strength” with a First Amendment lawsuit.
“Twitter is a private company, and ‘the First Amendment applies only to administrative cutting of speeches and not to alleged cutting by private companies,'” the judge wrote.
And he added: “Overall, the amended complaint does not plausibly allege that Twitter acted as a government agency in closing the plaintiffs’ accounts.”
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