Donald Trump has requested late Friday before a federal judge in Florida that Twitter restore his personal account, as reported by the agency Reuters. Last January, the former president of the United States lost his favorite speaker, after on the 6th of that month his followers stormed the nation’s Capitol by force. The account @realDonaldTrump was closed due to the risk that it would continue to incite violence.
Before the assault on Congress, when the victory of Democrat Joe Biden was certified, Trump inflamed his followers with a speech in which he reiterated the false claims that his electoral defeat in November was due to widespread fraud, a claim that continues to be rejected by multiple courts and state election officials. Before the total closure, The social network had already suspended the president’s account for 12 hours after the incidents that occurred at the headquarters of the legislature in Washington.
In the court filing, Trump argues that Twitter allowed the Taliban to regularly tweet about his military victories in Afghanistan, but censured him during his presidency by labeling his tweets as “misleading information” or indicating that they violated company rules against “Glorification of violence.”
The New York tycoon has now filed in Florida a request for injunctive relief against Twitter arguing that the social media company was “coerced” by members of the United States Congress to suspend his account. For the Republican’s lawyers, Twitter “exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and deeply dangerous for open democratic debate.” Before Reuters, Bloomberg reported the filing of the complaint.
Trump’s personal account became his great communication tool during his tenure. In it, he announced some of his most important decisions, including the dismissal of members of his government such as a Pentagon chief or an attorney general, insulted his political rivals and denounced without evidence the alleged fraud in the elections last November. With a direct and unfiltered style, the president of the United States had become a singular star of Twitter.
When he announced his bid for the presidency in 2015, Trump had 2.98 million followers. The number rose to 13 million when he won the election in November 2016. Before it was closed in January, the former president was followed by 88 million people.
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