Trump Asks US Judge To Force Twitter To Restart His Account
On Friday, former US President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to restore his account. The company suspended Trump’s account back in January, citing a risk of incitement of violence.
The former president filed a request for a preliminary injunction against the social media giant in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He argued that Twitter was “coerced” by members of the US Congress to suspend his account.
In January, Twitter and several other social media giants removed Trump from their platforms following the Capitol riots which led to the death of five people. The attack by Trump’s supporters was followed up by a speech by the former president in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was caused by widespread fraud.
At the time of removing Trump’s account, Twitter said his tweets had violated its policy barring the “glorification of violence” and were “highly likely” to encourage people to replicate what had happened in the Capitol riots.
Before his account was suspended, Trump had over 88 million followers on Twitter.