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Trump asks U.S. judge to force Twitter to restart his account

Stock MarketsOct 02, 2021 05:31AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Perry, Georgia, U.S. September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Dustin Chambers/Files 2/2

By Akriti Sharma

(Reuters) -Former U.S. President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida on Friday to ask Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) to restore his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement of violence.

Trump filed a request for preliminary injunction against Twitter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing the social media company was "coerced" by members of the U.S. Congress to suspend his account.

Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot on Jan. 6.

That assault followed a speech by Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was because of widespread fraud, an assertion rejected by multiple courts and state election officials.

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," Trump's lawyers said in the filing. The filing was reported earlier by Bloomberg.

Twitter declined to comment on the filing when contacted by Reuters.

At the time of removing Trump's account permanently, Twitter said https:// his tweets had violated the platform's policy barring "glorification of violence". The company said at the time that Trump's tweets that led to the removal were "highly likely" to encourage people to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.

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

In the court filing, Trump argued Twitter allowed the Taliban to tweet regularly about their military victories across Afghanistan, but censored him during his presidency by labeling his tweets as "misleading information" or indicating they violated the company's rules against "glorifying violence".

In July Trump sued https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-says-he-is-suing-facebook-twitter-google-claiming-bias-2021-07-07 Twitter, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.

Trump asks U.S. judge to force Twitter to restart his account
 

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JohnCougar Femacamp
JohnCougar Femacamp Oct 03, 2021 12:08AM ET
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you know, you had plenty of power to fix the obvious voter fraud vulnerabilities and end big tech censorship, and pardon assange and ACTUALLY drain the swamp, but yoy just surrounded yourself with it and did whatever the israel first brigade told you to. Such a disappointment. now you whine, like you did when they stole the election and our democracy and this very nation and you did nothing to stop it, and called your supporters terrorists. loser
Stoxer One
Stoxer One Oct 03, 2021 12:08AM ET
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you're a los/er for focusing on the "Israel first brigade". Antisemitic much?
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Oct 02, 2021 8:13PM ET
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.. and I thought we had freedom of speech in this country.. too bad the left controls so much of our media..
Bernard Tan
Bernard Tan Oct 02, 2021 8:13PM ET
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We have full freedom but Twitter’s been abused by Trump and we’ve had enough of his destructive nonsense.
Usman Hudu
Usman Hudu Oct 02, 2021 10:14AM ET
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I think it's right.just say it loudly
Bernard Tan
Bernard Tan Oct 02, 2021 10:14AM ET
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What’s right???
Joe Bagholder
Joe Bagholder Oct 02, 2021 9:32AM ET
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They silence the voices of the opposition not because they are wrong but because they are right.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Oct 02, 2021 9:32AM ET
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Because they violate the TOS. Its not hard to understand.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 02, 2021 9:32AM ET
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Benjamin McIntire Then why is Taliban twitter account still up they openly declare death to infidels?
Martha anderson
Martha anderson Oct 02, 2021 9:27AM ET
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Hope he WINS.
Kiko Aguiar
Kiko Aguiar Oct 02, 2021 9:05AM ET
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I thought censorship was a thing of dictatorships of last century. If you don’t like what someone says, change the channel or switch it off. Apparently 88 million people want to hear some other ideas, so lets shut them up. Reminds me of China or North Korea
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Oct 02, 2021 9:05AM ET
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You mean like screaming "fake news"
Antonio Velardo
Antonio Velardo Oct 02, 2021 9:00AM ET
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👎
Jacob Steinschlag
Jacob Steinschlag Oct 02, 2021 8:55AM ET
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I wonder why this cl.o.wn isn't in prison yet after all the scams he pulled
Mike Nawrocki
Mike Nawrocki Oct 02, 2021 8:55AM ET
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Name a scam he should be in jail for? Dems have tried for five years, and it's continually blown up in their face. But you got evidence???Lol.
Ben Bigs
Ben Bigs Oct 02, 2021 8:55AM ET
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Mike Nawrocki It’s true, democrats launched so many investigations into his personal life and found NOTHING except an untaxed company vehicle. Trump must be the cleanest individual in the world.
Olga Haldemann
Olga Haldemann Oct 02, 2021 7:38AM ET
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I don't understand how Trump's tweets can incite anyone to anything and I don't understand why he was ever a president of USA, but it sounds to me that his lawyers are right. Sorry.
Franklin Hazzard
Franklin Hazzard Oct 02, 2021 7:29AM ET
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This all reminds me of the TV series (Get Smart), Control and Chaos.  Twitter is the Chaos king.
Randy Randy
randy00 Oct 02, 2021 7:18AM ET
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Twitter is for twits.
John Eisenbeiser
John Eisenbeiser Oct 02, 2021 7:08AM ET
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Why is Twitter afraid of Trump? Why supress speech?I love giving stupid or ignorant people a platform to speak. Ahh, maybe Trump is neither?
Adam Morris
Adam Morris Oct 02, 2021 6:42AM ET
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Stop acting like a baby, just go on MySpace.
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 02, 2021 6:40AM ET
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I can think of 2 trillion reasons why he's garbage... don't worry I can think of 1.9 trillion reasons why Joe is garbage too
Franklin Hazzard
Franklin Hazzard Oct 02, 2021 6:30AM ET
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Jack Dorsey made the judgment call for the ban.  Did his politics influence the call?  The injunction should be an easy call.
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Oct 02, 2021 6:25AM ET
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Twitter has no obligation to facilitate free speech. End of story
Franklin Hazzard
Franklin Hazzard Oct 02, 2021 6:25AM ET
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I wonder if Jack Dorsey would  say that.
Kiko Aguiar
Kiko Aguiar Oct 02, 2021 6:25AM ET
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It facilitates more when you’re NOT republican. Talibans are fine too.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Oct 02, 2021 6:25AM ET
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Kiko Aguiar dont incite violence and hate or spread lies about a deadly pandemic and you should be fine
Jon Benton
Jon Benton Oct 02, 2021 6:21AM ET
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Allowing him on Twotter would be a big mistake ! The media has catered to the Master of Rhetoric and Chaos far to long !!! Why not just let the KKK run amok there ?!
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Franklin Hazzard
Franklin Hazzard Oct 02, 2021 6:21AM ET
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CHARLES DENHAM  BLM accuses anyone who opposes them of being racist. Pulling the Race card is there only leg to stand on and politicians are afraid to call it out for what it is. BLM is a racist organization. Thank God I can call it what it is with my freedom of speech.
Empire Destroyer
Empire Destroyer Oct 02, 2021 6:21AM ET
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I don't support KKK or BLM (if anything I take the **** out of people who tell me "woke" stuff). It's just trendy to follow BLM now lol... I don't follow trend, I do whatever makes me happy
Joe Bagholder
Joe Bagholder Oct 02, 2021 6:21AM ET
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Attacking white people isn't going to advance the causes of minorities. Look at South Africa to see what happens when whites are segregated against and rights taken away, society falls apart, rampant crime, and poverty.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Oct 02, 2021 6:21AM ET
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And now check the present. The most racist states are ALL red states.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Oct 02, 2021 6:21AM ET
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Franklin Hazzard Get a life and learn some history. Quit defending the evil you support please, it makes you look bad.
jason xx
jason xx Oct 02, 2021 6:06AM ET
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"Historically" What was the founding fathers Twitter policy?
Franklin Hazzard
Franklin Hazzard Oct 02, 2021 6:06AM ET
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Freedom of speech!
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Oct 02, 2021 6:06AM ET
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Franklin Hazzard just keep saying it louder and louder and it will make your arguement valid
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Oct 02, 2021 6:06AM ET
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He can say all he wants, but twitter doesn't have to broadcast it for him.
jason xx
jason xx Oct 02, 2021 6:03AM ET
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Surely he will produce these taliban tweets doing what he did? I thought he was making his own Twitter lol?
Katie Belle
Katie Belle Oct 02, 2021 4:19AM ET
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lol. he can go ******* himself
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 02, 2021 4:19AM ET
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pretty sure Americans feel the same about the opposing horde...
Thomas DeVito
Thomas DeVito Oct 02, 2021 4:19AM ET
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so can you
James Paul
James Paul Oct 02, 2021 4:19AM ET
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can you make the investment well
gzeow lee
gzeow lee Oct 02, 2021 3:50AM ET
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if twitter reopen, what will he use it as? a tool for spread peace or own use or assault hate to others?
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 02, 2021 3:50AM ET
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probably continue putting America and Americans first.. basically trying to preserve our quality of life that the dems are so focused on destroying...
Thomas DeVito
Thomas DeVito Oct 02, 2021 3:50AM ET
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go back to the 50 cent army you came from. we know your game
jason xx
jason xx Oct 02, 2021 3:50AM ET
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It would be banned within a half hour for lies and misinformation
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 02, 2021 3:18AM ET
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Reuters has zero credibility in the US. Parler, before the big tech cabal eliminated it, was very good. I hope an all red house and white house can once and for all eliminate the stranglehold they have on our 1st Amendment.
Jason Zou
Jason Zou Oct 02, 2021 2:29AM ET
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Lmao, I have one, never use it, I can lease it out to you, Flippy Donald, just don’t go to court, for heaven’s sake, or at least for your previous presidency’s sake.
Miriam Morkhul
Miriam Morkhul Oct 02, 2021 12:52AM ET
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"Hundreds of his supporters launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6". This is 100% certified fake media lies. The true events can be seen on video events, court documents, and allegations of FBI rouge agents involvement. Look it up for your selves. Give Trump his Twitter account.
Miriam Morkhul
Miriam Morkhul Oct 02, 2021 12:52AM ET
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Thanks guys for liking my comment. The thumbs up are now removed, but i saw them.
John Eisenbeiser
John Eisenbeiser Oct 02, 2021 12:52AM ET
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The only death that occurred as a result of January 6th assmembly at the capitol was an unarmed white woman being fataly shot by a black police officer.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Oct 02, 2021 12:52AM ET
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Let me guess Miriam, you also believe in UFOs and ghosts because you've seen the videos on YouTube?
Ikwueme Chidera
Ikwueme Chidera Oct 02, 2021 12:36AM ET
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I love that
 
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