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US judge rejects Trump’s lawsuit challenging his Twitter suspension



A federal judge said the amended complaint does not plausibly allege a First Amendment claim against Twitter.

This Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 image shows the suspended Twitter account of president Donald Trump.
This Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 image shows the suspended Twitter account of president Donald Trump. (AP)

A US judge has dismissed former president Donald Trump's lawsuit againstTwitter Inc that challenged his suspension from theplatform.

In a written ruling, US District Judge James Donato in SanFrancisco rejected Trump's argument that Twitter violated his right to freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

"The amended complaint does not plausibly allege a First Amendment claim against Twitter," US District Court Judge James Donato said on Friday in a ruling dismissing the lawsuit.

"The TOS (terms of service) gave Twitter contractual permission to act as it saw fit with respect to any account or content for any or no reason."

Twitter and other social media platforms banned Trump fromtheir services after a mob of his supporters attacked the USCapitol in a deadly riot on January 6, 2021.

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That assault followed a speech by Trump in which hereiterated false claims that his election loss in November wasbecause of widespread fraud, an assertion rejected by multiplecourts and state election officials.

Trump's lawyers alleged in a court filing last year thatTwitter "exercises a degree of power and control over politicaldiscourse in this country that is immeasurable, historicallyunprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democraticdebate."

At the time of removing Trump's account permanently, Twittersaid his tweets had violated the platform's policy barring"glorification of violence."

The company said then that Trump'stweets that led to his removal were "highly likely" to encouragepeople to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.

Before he was blocked, Trump had more than 88 millionfollowers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone.

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