The lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump against Twitter must go to a court in California and not in Florida because it is stipulated by the rules of that social network, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
Miami Justice Robert Scola rejected Trump’s argument that because Twitter suspended his account in the last days of his presidency, the lawsuit rule in California did not apply to him.
The rule, officially called the legal forums clause, was clear in 2009 when Trump took to Twitter, the judge explained.RELATED
“First, Trump’s previous status as president of the United States does not exempt him from the legal forum clause and second, the legal forum clause remains valid and binding,” Scola said in his 13-page ruling.
Therefore, Trump’s lawsuit will be heard in a court in Northern California and not in one in Miami. A similar lawsuit by Trump against YouTube has also been moved to California, although another against Facebook for now remains in Miami.
Twitter suspended Trump’s account on January 8, two days after his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington in an attempt to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Twitter explained that its decision was due “to the risk of further incitement to violence.”
So far more than 680 people have been prosecuted for the assault on the Capitol, and Congress has launched an investigation into what happened.
Trump and other right-wing figures sued Twitter on July 7, denouncing that the social network was violating their right to free expression and that the decision was part of a liberal conspiracy against conservative politicians.
At the time, Trump’s account had more than 88 million followers.
Twitter rules stipulate that any legal claim against the San Francisco-based company must be heard in Northern California courts. Scola determined that Trump’s arguments do not justify making an exception for the lawsuit to be heard in Florida, where Trump lives at his Mar-a-Lago resort.