Former President Donald Trump is demanding that Twitter unmute him from its platform through a legal challenge.
Bloomberg reported the request was made on Friday, Oct. 1, through a federal judge in Florida.
According to the outlet, the former president accused Twitter of unfairly censoring him over political pressure.
The request accused Twitter of exercising “a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate.”
During his tenure, Trump used to be an active social media user with more than 88 million followers on Twitter alone before being banished two days after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Twitter, and other Big Tech giants, used the event to justify that it should no longer provide him a megaphone service, arguing that his language invokes violence.
Trump has directly used the platforms to present himself and counter mainstream media, which he accused of spreading “fake news.”
Before the Capitol riot, the former president and his supporters were adamant that they would not concede the 2020 presidential election results and believed it was rigged.
News and supporter accounts were also heavily filtered after Jan. 6.
In July, the first class-action lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google, was filed by the former president, who said he was fighting for freedom of speech. He accused the media giants of attempting to censor conservative viewpoints.
“We’re asking the U.S. district court for the southern district of Florida to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal, shameful censorship of the American people,” Trump said in July.
Teasing more legal challenges to come, he said at the time that “we ask the court to impose punitive damages on these social media giants. We’re going to hold Big Tech very accountable.”
Facebook in June said the Republican may return to its platforms after another two years of exile, also justifying that it could be “a serious risk to public safety” if they have him back.
Critics had quickly pointed to a double standard of treatment and compared it with the Chinese Communist Party’s media.
Its state-run broadcasters were freely allowed to run propaganda that tried to cover up issues such as the Tiananmen Square massacre and human rights abuses.
Nonetheless, the lawsuit faced formidable barriers with the presence of Section 230, a law that was originally intended to protect children from exposure to harmful content.
The section allows internet companies to regulate their content by eliminating posts that are obscene or violate the service’s own standards, as long as they act in “good faith.”