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Twitter sues Texas AG over retaliation for Trump ban

DALLAS (AP) – Twitter has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, alleging that the Republican Party used its office to seek revenge for banning the account of former President Donald Trump after the US Capitol riots.

In the days following the deadly January uprising, Paxton announced an investigation into Twitter’s four other major tech companies, which he called “the president’s seemingly agreed de-platform.” The Attorney General’s Office demanded that companies produce a number of records related to their content measurement policy և internal communications.

Twitter responded on Monday with a federal lawsuit alleging that Paxton was trying to punish him for taking Trump’s account off the net. The decision, which the social media company says is free speech. The judge asked the judge to declare that the decision was subject to the First Amendment, in effect, to terminate the Paxton investigation.

“Paxton has made it clear that he will use all the weight of his office, including his extensive investigative powers, to retaliate against Twitter for making editorial decisions with which it disagrees,” the company’s lawyers wrote in a lawsuit in Northern California. ,

Speakers at the Pakistan office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitter’s response comes as states, in addition to federal lawmakers and governments outside the United States, put pressure on tech companies that they believe have gained too much power over the past decade. This includes antitrust, antitrust, Internet privacy laws, and attempts to regulate how Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms regulate their sites.

In December, Paxton led 10 Republican attorneys who sued Google for illegally monopolizing digital advertising on Facebook-affiliated networks.

In almost two dozen states, GOP politicians have also introduced a bill that would allow civil lawsuits against systems, which they call “censorship” of positions. This almost always means what they consider to be the censorship of conservative or Christian religious views.

While there is no evidence that tech companies are biased against the Conservatives, the story has been popular since President Trump was elected and has only been heard throughout his tenure. After provoking the Capitol riots on January 6, Trump was banned from Twitter for life, temporarily suspending Facebook, only to strengthen it.

At the start of the investigation, Paxton quoted First Amendment as saying that ousting Trump by tech companies “freezes free speech” and “completely silences” those who disagree.

However, Twitter, like Paxton’s other targeted companies, including Facebook, Apple, Google, and Amazon, is a private company, so the First Amendment does not apply to its decisions on what materials to allow. services. Unlike the government, Twitter is allowed to silence people. The company has long stripped Trump and other world leaders of its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behaviors. But after five people were killed in riots in the Capitol, the company said Trump’s tweets signified a glorification of violence as plans for future armed protests over the inauguration of President-elect Biden circulated online.

The Twitter lawsuit comes after Paxton faced other legal challenges, including an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, into claiming he used his office to benefit a wealthy donor.

He is also awaiting trial on unrelated securities fraud charges starting in 2015. Paxton pleaded not guilty և The case has been pending for years due to legal challenges.


Ortuta reported from Auckland, California.


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