After former President Donald Trump was banned from using Twitter, a move that many said was nothing less than a partisan attack to silence conservative opposition, Trump filed a lawsuit against the platform, which was heavily left-leaning at the time.
According to Fox Business, the former president received undesirable news this week as a San Fransisco-based federal judge tossed the lawsuit, making a number of arguments as to why Trump’s claims in the original filing did not pertain to the case, at least in that judge’s perception.
In the original filing, Trump’s lawyers argued that Twitter used “deceptive and misleading practices” to ban the president and other conservative voices, as well as an accusation that such behavior violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Trump’s lawsuit was originally filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida before it was ultimately transferred to California, where Twitter is based.
The former president’s legal team also argued that the Twitter ban was a violation of Trump’s First Amendment rights as are afforded to him by the U.S. Constitution. They also argued that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional.
NEW – Trump’s lawsuit over Twitter ban dismissed by federal judge because “Twitter is a private company,” and “the First Amendment applies only to governmental abridgements of speech.”https://t.co/YS84pEJwbW
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) May 6, 2022
The judge in the case has allowed Trump’s legal team to file an amended complaint that the judge instructs is “consistent with this order,” giving them until May 27 to do so. The judge also explicitly added that “it cannot contain any new claims or defendants without prior permission from the court,” Fox Business noted.
Interestingly, the lawsuit might not even matter at this point, as early speculation when Elon Musk announced his acquisition of Twitter earlier this month was that he would unban Trump’s account as a result of taking over.
However, Trump, while praising Musk for the massive purchase, came out with a statement in which he asserted that he will not be coming back to Twitter even if his account is enabled, as he’ll continue to use Truth Social, the platform launched by a company he owns.