A district judge in California has dismissed Donald trump‘s lawsuit against Twitter saying the former president’s 2021 ban from the platform appears entirely legal. The order handed down today gives trump and a group of other banned users until May 27th to file an amended complaint. But while it leaves the door open for an appeal the order is highly critical of the lawsuit’s claims suggesting any amended model will face an uphill battle. In particular, the order dismisses trump’s claims that Twitter violated the first amendment and rejects a claim that section 230 of the communications decency acts unauthorized. Plaintiffs are not starting from a position of strength judge James notes in the first paragraph of his investigation. For Trump and his fellow Twitter exiles, it doesn’t get any better from there. Trump filed the suit in Florida last year but it was later moved to twitter’s home state of California as were similar suits against you tube and Meta then Facebook. Trump failed in an early attempt to make twitter restore his account as the trial proceeded and filed an amended complaint attempting to strengthen his case. But the judge determined that Twitter was not operating as a state actor when it banned trump a claim trump made by noting that some lawmakers had called on Twitter to remove him from the platform.
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