Former United States President Donald Trump has asked a Federal judge to compel social network company Twitter Inc. (TWTR) to restore his twitter account which the company suspended at the beginning at the year claiming the account was posing a great risk to incitement of violence.
At the end of last week, Trump filed a request for preliminary injunction against Twitter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In the filing, Trump argues that Twitter was ‘coerced’ by members of the United States Congress to suspend his account.
“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,” said Trump’s lawyers in the lawsuit.
The Twitter ban happed on January 6 following attack on the United States capitol by Trump’s supporters which turned out to be chaotic, violent and deadly.
This assault was catalyzed by a speech Trump gave in which he alleged he lost last year’s U.S presidential elections due to widespread election theft by his fierce competitor President Joe Biden.
On the receiving end, Twitter says that at the time it blocked the account of Trump his tweets were highly likely to encourage people to replicate what happened in the United States capitol riot.