Former President Donald Trump has gone to court to try and force Twitter to reinstate his account while a lawsuit against the social media platform progresses. The filing late Friday in Miami asks for a preliminary injunction against the company. Trump's lawyers contend that Trump's permanent ban is censorship. The lawsuit also says 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." Twitter and Trump's office did not comment Saturday on the filing. Trump also claims that the ban violates Florida's new social media law which bars social media companies from knowingly removing politicians from their platforms. However that law has not taken effect yet, and was blocked by a judge - though Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is appealing that decision. Twitter kicked Trump off two days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, citing concern over possible "further incitement of violence." Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube did the same thing. Trump's new filing points out that Twitter has not removed the account of the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan. His account had 88 million followers when it was shut down. (Washington Post)
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