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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco judge has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against his permanent ban from Twitter.

US District Judge James Donato said Friday that Trump failed to show Twitter that he had violated his First Amendment right to free speech. The right to free speech does not apply to private companies, and Trump has not shown that Twitter is working as a state actor on behalf of Democrats, the judge wrote.

“The amended complaint merely provides a collection of allegations that some Democratic members of Congress wanted Mr. Trump and ‘the views he holds’ banned from Twitter because such ‘content and views’ are ‘contrary to’ the preferred viewpoints of these legislators,’” Donato wrote. “But the comments of a handful of elected officials are a far cry from a ‘decision rule for which the state is responsible’. Legislators are perfectly free to express opinions without being seen as the official mouthpiece of ‘the state’.”

Trump card sued Twitter, Facebook and Google’s YouTube in July 2021claims they illegally censored him.

The platforms suspended Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot that saw his supporters violently storm the Capitol to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden’s presidential victory. The companies cited fear he would incite further violence.

The verdict comes as Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, is about to buy Twitter for $44 billion. The deal has raised questions about whether Musk, a self-proclaimed absolutist on free speech, would reinstate the former president.

Trump, who continues to repeat lies in speeches about his 2020 election defeat, started his own social network, Truth Social. He said last week that he would not rejoin Twitter if given the chance.

The lawsuit had sought to restore Trump’s account, which has around 89 million followers, and that of five others who claimed they were also censored by Twitter. The group had sought unspecified damages and class action status on behalf of others who were removed from the platform.

Legal experts had predicted the lawsuit would fail but suggested Trump was milking her for political ends. Trump’s political action committee immediately began raising money after the lawsuit was announced last year.

The lawsuit had also sought a declaration that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 was unconstitutional.

The law states that providers like Twitter can moderate services by removing obscene posts that go against their standards and cannot be held responsible for content posted by others.

Trump has only made a “vague and speculative assertion” that he believes he would not have been banned had Twitter not been granted Section 230 immunity, Donato said.

Donato gave Trump another opportunity to amend his grievance. Trump’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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