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At the time he was banned, Donald Trump had over 88 million Twitter followers. (file)

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Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit asking a court to restore his account on Twitter and the online voice he lost for allegedly inciting the Capitol Hill riot.

Twitter and other social media banned the former president from their platforms after a crowd of pro-Trump supporters attacked the US Congress building on January 6.

They were fueled by a speech hours earlier in which Trump attacked his false claims that he had plagiarized from Joe Biden.

Twitter said at the time that the removal of Trump’s tweets violated its policy against glorifying violence and that people were likely to copy what happened on January 6.

In a filing filed Friday in a Florida federal court, Trump argued that the platform that serves as his main megaphone to reach millions of his conservative followers was “forced” by members of the US Congress to suspend him. had gone.

At the time he was banned, Trump had over 88 million Twitter followers.

Twitter, the filing argues, “exercises power and control over political discourse in this country to a degree that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented and deeply dangerous to open democratic debate.”

The suit states that the Taliban, now in power in Afghanistan and still considered a terrorist organization by the United States, are allowed to have Twitter accounts.

That account appeared on August 8 and “allowed the Taliban to regularly tweet about their military victories and victories in Afghanistan in the weeks following Twitter.”

The suit alleges that banning Trump, but not the Taliban, is “stupid dissonance” on the part of Twitter.

Twitter declined to comment on Trump’s move when contacted by AFP.

Trump has kept a tight grip on the Republican Party and, after keeping a low profile for a few months after the election, has resumed election-style rallies that often indicate he will run for the White House again in 2024. Will run from

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