The Court finds that Trump's status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter's Terms of Service. — Florida District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr.
The Court finds that Trump's status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter's Terms of Service. — Florida District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr.
Florida federal judge says Trump's former status as a US president doesn't exempt him from Twitter's terms of service
  • Twitter's terms of service apply to former President Donald Trump, a Florida federal judge said.
  • Trump is suing Twitter and its CEO over the suspension of his account on January 7.
  • Twitter's TOS require the lawsuit be moved to California, but Trump's attorneys say he's exempt.
In July, Trump filed a lawsuit in Florida against Twitter and its CEO over the permanent suspension of his account on January 7, a day after the Capitol siege. The suspension was made on the grounds of Trump inciting violence through the platform, Twitter said at the time.

The former president cited censorship concerns in his lawsuit, saying that social-media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google were "silencing" conservative voices and were being coerced by Democratic lawmakers.

On Tuesday, Florida District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. granted Twitter's motion to transfer the case to the Northern District of California, as required by a clause in the social-media company's user agreement, which all Twitter users sign.

Trump's attorneys said he was exempt from the clause because he was the sitting president at the time of his account's suspension, and that it was in the public's interest to keep the case in Florida.

They failed to convince Scola. "The Court finds that Trump's status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter's Terms of Service," he said.


... Apart from suing Twitter, Trump has also launched legal action against Facebook and Google, and their CEOs, for barring him from their social-media platforms.

Earlier this month, Trump filed a request for a preliminary injunction to have his Twitter account reinstated, saying that the Taliban was allowed to tweet its military victories in Afghanistan while he was censored.
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