A U.S. federal judge on Friday dismissed the case by former US President Donald Trump, who tried to lift the ban on his Twitter account. Social network Trump after the riots on January 6, 2021 in the US Capitol, after concluding that Trump’s latest tweets posed a risk to public safety.
In a 17-page ruling on Trump’s lawsuit Friday, San Francisco Judge James Donato said, “The First Amendment applies only to government cuts to speech, not to alleged cuts from private companies like Twitter.”
last julyclaims that Twitter is censoring him and violating his rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.
Similarand claim that social media companies violate the First Amendment, have been repeatedly rejected by courts across the country. As Donato pointed out, the First Amendment applies to the government, not private companies such as social media sites.
Twitter banned Trump on January 8, 2021, two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in a riot that left several dead, including a Capitol police officer. Twitter said the ban was “due to the risk of further incitement to violence”.
While rejecting Trump’s lawsuit, Donato left open the possibility of Trump filing an amended appeal, According to CNBC.
Even if his ban is lifted, it is unclear whether Trump will return to Twitter. In April, the former president said he would not return to Twitter, but would use his own insteadplatform. It is also unclear whether Trump will be allowed to return to Twitter after Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes control of the social network. In late April, Musk struck a deal to buy Twitter .
Neither Twitter nor Trump officials immediately responded to requests for comment.