Donald Trump wants a federal court to make Twitter give him back his bullhorn. In a late Friday legal filing, the ex-president asked a US district judge to grant a preliminary injunction that would restore his account while his lawsuit against Twitter wends its way through the courts.
Friday’s filing argues that Twitter is “censoring” Trump, has too much power over political discourse in the US and had been “coerced” into the ban by Trump’s opponents in Congress, The Washington Post reported.
on Jan. 8, two days after a mob of his supporters in a riot that left several people dead, including a Capitol Police officer. Twitter said the ban was “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” In July, .
, letting him to try to take hold of the political narrative. His account had 88 million followers, the Post noted, and his reach has been significantly reduced since the ban.
One researcher found that the week after the ban,. However, some continue to circulate on other platforms.
Twitter wasn’t alone in booting Trump. Facebook and Google-owned YouTube also kicked him off their sites after the Capitol riots, over fears about the incitement of real-world violence. The former presidentalongside Twitter, alleging censorship and First Amendment violations. Trump has for some time that the companies discriminate against the right, a charge the firms have repeatedly denied.
“Are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? We are not. Period,”in the past. “We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoint or ideology. We look at behavior.”
and that argue social media companies violate the First Amendment when they remove posts or ban users across the country. The like social media sites.
Twitter declined to comment about Trump’s Friday legal filing, as did Trump’s lead counsel on the case.