Trump Announces Lawsuits Against Facebook Twitter And Google Alleging Censorship
His Facebook and Twitter accounts were suspended for fear that his messages would incite acts of violence such as the attack on the Capitol. Now the former president announces legal actions against the three giants of social networks.
Former United States President Donald Trump has announced class action lawsuits against three major tech companies, accusing them of unfairly censoring him and other conservatives.
“We are asking the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate end to the illegal and shameful censorship of the American people by social media companies,” Trump said Wednesday.
Trump is the lead plaintiff in these class actions against Facebook, Twitter and Google, as well as their CEOs – Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, respectively – whom Trump sarcastically described as “three good guys.”
There has been no immediate comment from the California-based companies or their executives.
‘Fundamental battle’ in sight
Trump, outdoors on his golf course in Bedminster, NJ, predicted that legal action “will be a pivotal battle in the defense of the First Amendment.” “I am confident that we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and, at the same time, freedom of expression.”
During the final weeks of his presidency, Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump after his followers stormed the United States Capitol on January 6. The companies cited concerns that the president’s social media posts would incite more violence.
Trump, who left office on January 20, just before Joe Biden took office as president, remains banned from the platforms.
The lawsuits are also “for Democrats and even progressives whose speech should be protected by the First Amendment,” said Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, who was among several of the plaintiffs, attorneys and supporters who appeared with Trump in the announcement. Wednesday.