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Donald Trump asks US judge to force Twitter to restart his account for 'open democratic debate' - ABC News

Former US president Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to get Twitter to restore his personal account.

The company removed him from the platform in January, citing a risk of incitement of violence.

Mr Trump filed a request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

He argued the social media company was "coerced" by members of the US Congress to suspend his account for political reasons.

Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol in a deadly riot on January 6.

That assault followed a speech by Mr Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was because of widespread fraud.

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The assertion was rejected by multiple courts and state election officials.

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," Mr Trump's lawyers said in the filing.

Twitter declined to comment on the filing when contacted by Reuters.

At the time of removing Mr Trump's account permanently, Twitter said his tweets had violated the platform's policy barring "glorification of violence".

The company said at the time that Mr Trump's tweets that led to the removal were "highly likely" to encourage people to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.

President Donald Trump looks down at his phone during a roundtable meeting.
Mr Trump used Twitter as an effective tool in his upset victory at the 2016 US presidential election.(

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Before he was blocked, Mr Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone.

In the court filing, Mr Trump argued Twitter allowed the Taliban to tweet regularly about their military victories across Afghanistan, but censored him during his presidency by labelling his tweets as "misleading information" or indicating they violated the company's rules against "glorifying violence".

In July, Mr Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silenced conservative viewpoints.

Despite the ban, Mr Trump's press statements have appeared on the Twitter accounts of conservative groups including RSBNetwork and One America News.

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