“Plaintiffs only offer ambiguous and open statements that ‘we may legislate’ something adverse to Twitter or the social media industry,” wrote Donato, an appointee of former President Barack Obama. “There is no way to say with any degree of plausibility when, if at all, the comments made by a handful of members of Congress might become law, or what changes such a law might impose on media companies. social media like Twitter. … Much of what the plaintiffs dispute falls within the normal bounds of a congressional investigation, as opposed to threats of punitive state action.
Donato’s 17-page ruling also dismissed arguments from Trump’s lawyers that a controversial 1996 law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act led to the removal of the president’s platform. of the time in January of last year. This law allows Internet sites to monitor bulletin boards and other user postings without incurring potential liability as the publisher of the content.
“It cannot be plausibly said that the government coerced Twitter’s action through Section 230, which in any event imposes no positive obligation on Twitter to act in any particular way. “wrote the judge.
A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling, which could be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump’s lawsuits against Facebook and YouTube remain pending.
Lawyers for the former president first filed the three cases in federal court in South Florida, but judges there granted requests from social media companies to transfer the lawsuits to Northern California under terms service fine print issued by each site.