A Florida federal judge says that Trump’s effort to have his Twitter account restored must be heard in California.
The Hill reports:
Miami-based U.S. District Judge Robert Scola Jr. ruled that Trump agreed to be bound by Twitter’s terms of service in 2009 when he created his @realdonaldtrump handle while he was a private citizen. Those terms include a so-called “forum selection clause” requiring that suits against the San Francisco-based company be brought to federal court in northern California.
Scola, an Obama appointee, rejected Trump’s claim that his position as a sitting president should exempt him from that requirement.
“Trump’s former status as the President of the United States does not preclude the application of the forum selection clause,” Scola wrote in a 13-page ruling.
Scola’s move to transfer the case to California comes after another Florida-based judge transferred a Trump lawsuit against YouTube to federal court in California. A Trump suit against Facebook, however, is currently pending in the Sunshine State.
Trump’s social media accounts were frozen in the days following the Capitol riot last January. Since then, Trump has launched multiple efforts to have the accounts restored, and recently even announced the creation of a new media platform.