It wouldn’t surprise you to hear that Twitter is fighting former President Trump’s suit to ban it. Bloomberg Reports Twitter has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit because it allegedly misinterprets and threatens the company’s First Amendment free speech rights. The social network has indicated that it is a private company that is not obligated to host a speech it does not like, and that Trump has repeatedly violated the rules he agreed to when he chose to use the service. Twitter said repealing the enforced ban would challenge “fundamental principles of constitutional law”.
Furthermore, Twitter argued its editorial choices regarding core public concerns, including threats to a peaceful transition to the White House as well as statements that could promote “more violence.” The company only referred to Trump’s tweets as misleading in the lead up to the January 6 Capitol attack, but blocked it after it continued.
Senior Attorney John Coyle has argued that Twitter is a “government representative” because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act supposedly equals a subsidy that forces it to honor the First Amendment as the government does. Biden’s Justice Department contested that interpretation in a court filing, saying that Section 230 is only meant to protect against liability, not to regulate the speech of officials like the former president.
Trump is not waiting to return to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. He recently launched Truth Social in an effort to empower himself and other conservatives who felt silenced by tech companies. If Twitter succeeds in the rejection request, Trump will have little choice but to give up his one-day favorite platform.
All products recommended by Engadget are handpicked by our editorial team, independently of the parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.