Former President Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to restore his account, arguing the company improperly suspended him after receiving pressure from members of Congress.
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,” the Friday filing read, Bloomberg reported.
Though he once commanded 88 million followers, Trump was booted from Twitter on Jan. 8, two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the US capitol in a deadly riot. Trump had called them to the capitol in an effort to protest his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election — an outcome he has continued to falsely maintain was fraudulent.
Facebook also removed him from their network following the riot.
The filing also claims that Twitter improperly censored his content while he was on the platform by branding his tweets with tags like “misleading information” and other partisan labels.
Former President Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to restore his account.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Illustration/File Photo
Conservatives have regularly accused social media companies of censoring their viewpoints and have noted repeatedly how terms of service violations and punitive enforcement actions on social media platforms only ever seen to go in one direction.