Does Twitter’s ban violate Trump’s free speech rights? Likely not, but it raises questions about social media platforms, experts say

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump lost his favorite online megaphone Friday, when Twitter permanently suspended his account over concerns his messages would incite further violence following Wednesday’s siege on the U.S. Capitol. While Trump and his allies quickly accused the social media platform of silencing free speech, First Amendment lawyers said the action didn’t violate the president’s rights: The Constitution protects against government action censoring a citizen’s speech. Twitter, meanwhile, is a private company. First Amendment protections against government censorship do not app…

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