Lawsuit Against Twitter To Reinstate Account Works

( Twitter, a social networking platform that leans far to the left, has reinstated the account of a scientific journalist named Alex Berenson as part of its efforts to resolve a lawsuit filed by the renowned critic of Twitter’s policy on coronaviruses.

It is almost unheard of for Twitter to undo the permanent blacklisting of a significant account. There are still prohibitions in place for well-known conservative politicians, such as Donald Trump.

Berenson stated that his success shows that anybody suspended for “COVID-19 disinformation,” the pretext that was used to ban him from the platform, now has a case against the firm.

Berenson said when he denied Twitter’s petition to dismiss in April, Federal Judge William Alsup gave TWO arguments for letting his case advance on breach of contract grounds. He let Berenson’s lawsuit proceed on breach of contract grounds.

Twitter had already started the process of altering its terms of service when it established its five-strike Covid disinformation policy.

Berenson said that, in other words, if Twitter’s view is that it may prohibit anyone for any reason, good, bad, or indifferent, Section 230 authorizes that. But once the company voluntarily sets guidelines, it says it will follow in disciplining or banning users; IT MUST FOLLOW THOSE — possibly even if its underlying terms of service explicitly say otherwise.

As a result of Twitter’s decision to settle the lawsuit, admit that it made a mistake, and reinstate his account, Twitter has implicitly and publicly acknowledged this understanding of its contractual responsibilities.

Berenson says that if you’ve been banned for Covid misinformation — or ANY specific and named violation of Twitter’s policies — and you have a plausible case that you did not, in fact, violate those policies, “hello breach of contract case.”

Last Monday, Berenson shared the news that he had reached a deal with Twitter. It is possible for the public to learn very little about the settlement, as is the case with the vast majority of court disputes and their non-disclosure agreements.