Former President Donald J. Trump talks about filing a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Google and Twitter and their CEOs, escalating his longstanding battle with the companies following their suspension of his accounts, during a news conference at Trump National Golf Club on Wednesday, July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, NJ.
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- A judge has rejected Donald Trump’s attempts to get back on Twitter after his permanent ban.
- Trump was suspended after the January 6 riots “over the risk of further incitement to violence.”
- A judge said his “complaint does not make it plausible that Twitter acted as a government agency.”
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A judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit in which former President Donald Trump attempted to regain his access to Twitter after being banned from the platform the day after the Jan. 6 uprising.
Twitter said in a statement it “permanently suspended” Trump’s account on January 7, 2021 “over the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Trump’s complaint, filed in July 2021, alleged that the social media company “engaged in intolerable censorship” and so went “from a private company to a state-owned company”.
San Francisco federal court James Donato argued that the “complaint does not make it plausible that Twitter acted as a government agency when it closed plaintiffs’ accounts”.
“Much of what plaintiffs dispute is within the normal confines of a congressional investigation, as opposed to threats of punitive action from the state,” the order read.
Trump and the other plaintiffs have until May 26 to amend their complaint, although “further amendment possibilities are unlikely to be granted.”
Trump has since created his own Twitter alternative called Truth Social, which launched in February.