Twitter just scored several own goals in their lawsuit against Ken Paxton.

Here's Twitter openly admitting that they make editorial decisions, that these decisions have to be made in secret and that Twitter is actually no different from a newspaper. Wow.…
And here's Twitter admitting that they are relying on First Amendment rights meant for the press.
Twitter says it can't share information on their moderation process because that would undermine the moderation process.

Here's the problem. Section 230 protection only applies to those acting in good faith. By hiding their process, we can't know if they're acting in good faith.
Here's Twitter claiming that they can make their decisions freely without sharing internal deliberations.

Doesn't jibe with Section 230.

Whoever wrote this is twisting themselves into pretzels because they know Twitter acted in bad faith to get rid of people they don't like.
Twitter's defense against the fact that they discriminate against conservatives is that President Trump had a lot of followers.

No, really.
Twitter is alleging that these two Trump tweets contain misinformation.
Here's another glorious own goal, perhaps the biggest of them all.

Twitter admits that they told Trump that any *further* violations would result in getting banned.

A few paragraphs down that suddenly turns into "and others", i.e. not further violations but *past* violations.
In sum, it's astonishing that Twitter chose to file such a bunch of self-contradictory garbage in court.

Doesn't look like an unforced error. More likely Ken Paxton breathing down their necks forced them to show their cards. And their cards are not good.

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