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Former President Donald Trump filed an appeal in federal court Monday in a lawsuit against former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and the federal government over Twitter’s 2021 decision to permanently suspend his account.
The move came one day before the 45th president launched his campaign to return to the White House.
On Jan. 8, 2021 — two days after the U.S. Capitol incursion — Twitter announced its decision to permanently ban Trump’s account, with his over 80 million followers, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The social media giant said at the time that Trump’s tweets violated Twitter’s policies against the “glorification of violence.”
In May, San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge James Donato dismissed Trump’s lawsuit claiming that his First Amendment rights had been violated by Twitter’s decision.
In their Monday court filing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Trump’s attorneys sought a court order requiring Twitter to “immediately reinstate” the account, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for the ban.
Concerning the federal government, the Constitution precludes it from censoring disfavored speech, Trump’s team contended, so officials do an end-around with the help of big tech.
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