According to press reports, a San Francisco judge threw out former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit challenging his permanent ban from Twitter.
The report said the U.S. District Judge James Donato charged that former President Trump failed to show Twitter violated his First Amendment right to free speech.
It also noted Mr. Trump failed to show that Twitter was working as a state actor on behalf of Democrats.
“The amended complaint merely offers a grab-bag of allegations to the effect that some Democratic members of Congress wanted Mr. Trump, and ‘the views he espoused,’ to be banned from Twitter because such ‘content and views’ were ‘contrary to those legislators’ preferred points of view,’” Donato wrote. “But the comments of a handful of elected officials are a far cry from a ‘rule of decision for which the State is responsible.’ Legislators are perfectly free to express opinions without being deemed the official voice of ‘the State.’”
Twitter suspended Mr. Trump’s account following the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
The ruling comes amid the process of a $44 billion dollar buyout of Twitter by the entrepreneur, investor, and business magnate Elon Musk.
Speculation is rife as to whether Mr. Trump will rejoin the Twitter platform under its new ownership.
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