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Trump goes to court trying to get Twitter to reinstate his account

Trump argues that Twitter was “coerced” by members of Congress to suspend his account.

Washington [US], October 3 (ANI/Sputnik): Former US president Donald Trump has filed a complaint with a federal court, asking Twitter to temporarily restore his account while he pushes forward with efforts toward permanent reinstatement.

Trump filed the request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter late on Friday, in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The filing says, as quoted by ABC News, 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.”

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Trump argues that Twitter was “coerced” by members of Congress to suspend his account.

In July, Trump announced a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google subsidiary YouTube and their CEOs. The lawsuit said that the status of the three tech giants “rises beyond that of a private company to that of a state actor” and is constrained by the First Amendment right to free speech in the censorship decisions it makes regarding its users.

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Facebook and Twitter have insisted that their bans on Trump are not censorship but were set up for public safety in response to the January 6 unrest at the US Capitol.

At the time Twitter permanently banned Trump in January, the former president had 88 million followers. (ANI/Sputnik)