“[Trump’s] status as [former] President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter’s Terms of Service,” the ruling said.
Trump had requested that his Twitter account be temporarily unlocked before being fully reinstated, and called the company “a major avenue of public discourse.”
The case will now be transferred to be heard by a California court, per a motion requested by Twitter. A similar outcome is expected in that state.
The former president had filed the lawsuit against Twitter on October 2, suing the tech conglomerate and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, for allegedly violating his First Amendment right to free speech and arguing that he was being “unfairly censored” by the media.
Often used to make numerous statements and to express his views, Trump’s Twitter account was often a divisive subject among both Democrats and Republicans. Trump would also use tweets to announce official policy changes or items of a similar nature.
The former president himself, however, expressed his use of the platform as “modern-day presidential” in July 2017. He would often spend significant amounts of time on the platform, and Insider reported that Trump sent 200 tweets or retweets on June 6, 2020, the most of his presidency.
Trump’s Twitter account was permanently suspended on January 8, two days after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.
CNN noted that Trump’s attorneys argued that while the former president’s account was shut down, the official state Twitter of the Taliban in Afghanistan was still active.
The ruling also referenced the decision of a previous case, Knight First Amend. Inst. at Columbia Univ. v. Trump. That case found that the former president’s blocking of other Twitter users violated their First Amendment rights since Trump’s account was a “designated public forum” and a “presidential account.”
Trump was then forced to unblock a number of accounts that were named in that case.
Trump’s lawyers referenced the case in their own lawsuit, insisting that suspending him from Twitter violated his own First Amendment rights in a similar manner. However, Tuesday’s decision said that Knight v. Trump had not had any bearing on the current case.
The former president originally filed three lawsuits in Florida against tech companies, including Twitter. So far, two out of the three have been bounced because Trump’s lawyers filed them in the wrong court, according to Reuters reporter Brad Heath.
Beyond Twitter, former President Trump was also banned from a number of other social media platforms after January 6. This includes Facebook and Instagram, on which he will not be allowed back until at least January 2023, it was announced this past June.
Newsweek has reached out to Twitter’s public relations team for comment.
(10/26/2021, 10:15 p.m. ET): This story has been updated with additional information.
Twitter likely to roll out ‘Reactions’ feature soon
After unveiling several features this year, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly readying new features, including Reactions, Downvotes and Sorted Replies for iOS users.
According to reverse engineer Nima Owji, the Reactions feature, which started being tested a couple of months ago, is set to launch soon, reports 9To5Mac.
With four new reactions, “tears of joy,” “thinking face,” “clapping hands” and “crying face,” this feature is designed to give users the ability to better show how conversations make them feel and to give users “a better understanding of how their Tweets are received”.
Citing the reverse engineer, the report also mentioned that the micro-blogging site is now able to store data about the downvotes feature, which is another indicator that this function will be released sooner rather than later.
The report also notes that the company changed the downvote position as well. It has even added a new tab explaining how downvotes work.
This month, the company has rolled out its in-app tipping feature to all Android users above the age of 18, following the iOS launch in September.
Twitter said the “Tips” feature is geared toward users looking to get a little financial support from their followers through Cash App, PayPal, Venmo and Patreon directly through the app.
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Tesla shares have fallen 10% since Musk conducted a Tweet poll about the sale. They dropped more than 17% within the first few days following the Nov.
Twitter Investigating Bug Causing Unexpected Logouts on iOS 15
Posts on Twitter over the last several hours have shown users experiencing the bug, with some sharing frustrations that the app is requiring them to log back into Twitter upon every app launch. While some of the reports lack the specificity that the bug is happening on iOS devices, it seems likely to be the case following the acknowledgment from Twitter itself.
WHY IS TWITTER LOGGING ME OUT OF ALL OF MY ACCS???? I HAVE 8 TWITTER ACCS AND DO YOU KNOW HOW HAED TO LOG IN ALL OF THEM???????? IVE BEEN DOING IT 2 TIME ALREADY SINCE OCTOBER
— kyle (@leeknowonIyfans) November 24, 2021
I almost got a heart attack when I tried to get in my Twitter and it wanted me to log in?? I never logged out 😭😩😭
— Enny Does It All❤ (@Queen_Enny19) November 24, 2021
Users impacted by the bug are advised to ensure they’re running the latest Twitter version from the App Store and monitor the company’s support account for updates.
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