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Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in Florida asking a federal judge to force Twitter to reinstate his account. In Friday’s filing, the 45th President of the United States argues that being banned from Twitter violates the First Amendment.
Trump’s attorneys contend that 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.”
The filing says Twitter’s “censorship and prior restraint” of his speech “violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“Coerced by members of the United States Congress, operating under an unconstitutional immunity granted by a permissive federal statute, and acting directly with federal officials, Defendant is censoring Plaintiff, a former President of the United States,” the filing reads. The filing quotes defense attorney and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, “[p]laintiff’s right to speak freely has been seriously compromised by … Twitter. Moreover, the rights of his audience to have access to his views have also been curtailed.”
The filing also claims that Twitter has selectively enforced its policies, noting that high-ranking members of the Taliban have active accounts on the social media site.
“Over the weeks that followed, Twitter allowed the Taliban to tweet regularly about their military conquests and victories across Afghanistan. The Taliban’s Twitter account is active to this day,” the filing states.
Trump’s lawyers also claim that his Twitter ban also violates the Stop Social Media Censorship Act – a social media law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May.
The law states, “All Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech platforms will have the right to sue companies that violate this law — and win monetary damages.” Additionally, social media companies are “prohibited from de-platforming Floridian political candidates” or face fines of $250,000 per day.
However, the law was blocked by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on June 30 – one day before it was set to go into effect.”The legislation now at issue was an effort to rein in social-media providers deemed too large and too liberal,” Hinkle wrote in the 31-page order. “Balancing the exchange of ideas among private speakers […]
Too Few Are Telling the Truth
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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