Former United States President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone at a rally on September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia.
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Former US President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida on Friday to ask Twitter to reinstate his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement to violence.
Trump filed a preliminary injunction request against Twitter in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing that the social media company was “coerced” by members of the US Congress into suspending its bill.
Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a crowd of his supporters attacked the United States Capitol in a deadly riot on January 6.
That assault followed a speech by Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his electoral defeat in November was due to widespread fraud, a claim rejected by multiple courts and state election officials.
Twitter “wields a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and deeply dangerous to open up democratic debate,” Trump’s lawyers said in the presentation. The presentation was previously reported by Bloomberg.
Twitter declined to comment on the presentation when contacted by Reuters.
At the time of permanently deleting Trump’s account, Twitter said his tweets had violated the platform’s policy prohibiting “glorification of violence.” The company said at the time that Trump’s tweets leading to the removal were “very likely” to encourage people to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.
Before being blocked, Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his megaphone on social media.
In the court docket, Trump argued that Twitter allowed the Taliban to regularly tweet about his military victories in Afghanistan, but censored it during his presidency by labeling his tweets as “misleading information” or indicating that they violated company rules against “glorifying the violence”.
In July Trump sued Alphabet Inc’s Twitter, Facebook Inc and Google, as well as their CEOs, claiming that they illegally silence conservative views.