Twitter Sues TX AG, Alleging Retaliation For Banning Trump

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Twitter is suing the Texas attorney general for retaliating against its decision to ban former President Trump from the platform.  Twitter has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to stop the state’s investigation into its content control practices.  The suit accuses Attorney General Ken Paxton of unlawfully using the full weight of his office to “intimidate, harass, and target” the social media outlet.  Twitter argues its decision to ban Trump is protected under its First Amendment rights.  Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account on January 8th, two days after the riot at the U.S. Capitol, claiming two of Trump’s tweets condoned the violence.

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