During Donald Trump’s tenure, his Twitter account was a subject of controversy. Indeed, some publications of the former president could be grounds for banishment. But since it was a head of state, Twitter was more tolerant.
Finally, in January, Twitter ended up banning Donald Trump from its platform following the invasion of the Capitol. “After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, especially the way they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence “, had explained the company.
Twitter indicates that Donald Trump is permanently banned. However, the former president has not yet said his last word. He wants to recover his account and to achieve this, he has decided to take legal action in the United States.
A complaint filed in Florida
As reported by The Verge, Trump has filed a lawsuit in Florida court. The former president would seek a preliminary injunction on this ban. This would allow a temporary restoration of his Twitter account.
According to the complaint, Twitter, “wields a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented and deeply dangerous to open democratic debate. The former president’s complaint also indicates that the social network is being forced by members of Congress to suspend its account.
As a reminder, before the ban, Twitter had already intervened on Donald Trump’s account, because of certain publications. “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and likely to be misleading about how to participate in an election or other civic process”, could one read on a message used by Twitter to hide a tweet from Donald Trump concerning the results of the presidential election in the United States.
Banned for life on Twitter, but temporarily on Facebook
In addition, it should be noted that Twitter does not intend to restore Donald Trump’s account, even if he was re-elected. “The way our policies work, when you are taken off the platform, you are taken off the platform – whether you are a commentator, a CFO or a former or current public official.”, explained an official in February.
On Facebook, the ban on Donald Trump is on the other hand temporary. Indeed, in 2023, the social network will consult experts to assess the situation.