Former President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to force Twitter to temporarily reinstate his account while he sues to permanently return to the social media network.
Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter was filed late Friday in Miami, Florida. Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter when the company kicked him off after he repeatedly claimed that the election had been rigged.
Twitter “exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate,” his lawyers said in the filing.
Trump also claims Twitter improperly censored him during his presidency by labeling his tweets as “misleading information” or indicating they violated the company’s rules against “glorifying violence.” Trump accused Twitter of inconsistently applying rules for posts about Covid-19, claiming news organizations held a double standard in claiming that protests in 2020 weren’t sources of infection.
“This outright inconsistency is in line with a desire by defendant to placate government actors who generally approved of the protests of the summer of 2020” and “generally disapproved of the events of January 6,” Trump said [Bloomberg].