Twitter Is No State Actor, 9th Circ. Says In Trump Tweets Case

By Lauren Berg (May 18, 2022, 6:26 PM EDT) — The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a claim that Twitter violated the First Amendment rights of a Donald Trump supporter by preventing comments on the former president’s tweets and suspending his account, saying the social media platform isn’t a state actor and can’t be held liable for alleged constitutional violations.

In a brief opinion, a three-judge panel affirmed a California federal judge’s dismissal of San Francisco attorney Maria Rutenburg’s lawsuit, finding that she didn’t allege sufficient evidence that Twitter “engaged in state action” when the company moderated comments on Trump’s tweets or suspended his account.

The panel rejected Rutenburg’s August…

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