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Trump Got Free Speech Wrong in Suit Over Ban, Twitter Says

  • Twitter says ban justified by his tweets linked to Jan. 6 riot
  • Trump says social-media companies are silencing conservatives
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Twitter Inc. asked a federal judge to throw out Donald Trump’s lawsuit over his ban from the platform for stoking the U.S. Capitol riot, arguing the company’s right to free speech is at stake -- not the former president’s.

Twitter’s First Amendment rights “are at their apex” in the case because the editorial decisions Trump is challenging relate to matters of public concern, including threats to the peaceful transfer of power, Twitter and its co-founder Jack Dorsey said in a San Francisco federal court filing.