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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Twitter sues to stop Texas’ top cop from violating the First Amendment. Twitter claims Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is only investigating the company as payback for it banning former President Donald Trump’s account. “Paxton made clear that he will use the full weight of his office, including his expansive investigatory powers, to retaliate against Twitter for having made editorial decisions with which he disagrees,” Twitter says in its federal lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Paxton launched the investigation into Twitter and several other tech companies on January 13—just five days after Twitter’s suspension of Trump from its platform—decrying “the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President of the United States.”