Twitter’s terms of service still apply to former President Donald Trump, a Florida federal judge has said.
Trump is suing Twitter and its CEO for suspending his account after the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.
A clause in Twitter’s deal requires the trial to be moved to California, but Trump’s lawyers have argued he was exempted because of his presidency.
On Tuesday, a Florida federal judge ruled that former President Donald Trump’s status as U.S. president did not exclude him from Twitter’s terms of service, according to court documents seen by Insider.
In July, Trump filed a lawsuit in Florida against Twitter and its CEO for permanently suspending his account on January 7, a day after the Capitol siege. The suspension was imposed on the grounds that Trump incited violence through the platform, Twitter said at the time.
The former president raised censorship issues in his lawsuit, saying social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google are “silencing” conservative voices and being coerced by Democratic lawmakers.
Florida District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr on Tuesday granted Twitter the request to transfer the case to the Northern District of California, as required by a clause in the signed social media company’s user agreement. by all Twitter users.
Trump’s lawyers argued that he was exempt from the clause because he was president when his account was suspended, and it was in the public interest to keep the case in Florida.
They failed to convince Judge Scola. “The Court finds that Trump’s status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter’s terms of service,” he said.
Trump resides in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Melania and son Barron at the Mar-a-Lago Resort.
In addition to suing Twitter, he also launched a lawsuit against Facebook, Google and their CEOs for banning him from their social media platforms.
Earlier this month, Trump filed for a preliminary injunction to have his Twitter account reinstated, pointing out that the Taliban are allowed to tweet their military victories in Afghanistan while he is censored.
He announced last week that he would be launching his own social media network, Truth Social, to “oppose the tyranny of big tech.” A report later said that Truth Social violated a license agreement and ripped off code, and the platform had 30 days to resolve the violation before it was prosecuted.
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