Donald Trump used Twitter to insult his enemies, fire staff, spread lies and to incite an insurrection against the United States government. But Somehow he was surprised when Twitter banned him.
Trump and his lawyers filed a lawsuit against Jack Dorsey, then-owner and CEO of Twitter, and the company itself, claiming that it had denied Trump his right to free speech. Of course, even those without a law degree know that businesses often impose terms of agreement with clients and that most social media websites do. Trump’s whining over his Twitter ban played out in a courtroom, but US District Court for the Northern District of California Judge James Donato was quick to dismiss it based on the merits of the complaint.
According to CNN:
‘In throwing out Trump’s case, Donato held that Twitter was not acting as an agent of the US government — as Trump had alleged — when it shut down his account and was therefore not infringing on Trump’s First Amendment rights to free speech.
‘”The amended complaint does not plausibly allege a First Amendment claim against Twitter,” the decision said. “Plaintiffs’ first claim is dismissed.” “Donato also threw out Trump’s other claims, such as that Section 230 — the law shielding tech platforms from lawsuits over most user-generated content — is unconstitutional.’