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Donald Trump pleads with Florida judge against Twitter ban

The former President of the United States had nearly 90 million followers on the social media platform before he was removed for inappropriate use.

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Donald Trump pleads with Florida judge against Twitter ban

Have you missed him? For many it's been a blessing, for millions of others though, there has been a huge void. Well now, former U.S. President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to ask Twitter to restore his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement of violence.

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Trump filed a request for preliminary injunction against Twitter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing the social media company was 'coerced' by members of the U.S. Congress to suspend his account.

Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot on 6 January. That assault followed a speech by Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was because of widespread fraud, an assertion rejected by multiple courts and state election officials. 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,' Trump's lawyers said in the filing.

The filing was reported earlier by Bloomberg. Twitter declined to comment on the filing when contacted by Reuters. Before he was blocked, Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone. In the court filing, Trump argued Twitter allowed the Taliban to tweet regularly about their military victories across Afghanistan, but censored him during his presidency by labelling his tweets as 'misleading information' or indicating they violated the company's rules against 'glorifying violence.'

In July Trump sued Twitter, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.

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