Former President Donald Trump is suing Google’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as their respective leaders, in lawsuits alleging “illegal censorship” of Americans.
Trump said Wednesday that he will lead class actions against leaders Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, as well as his Big Tech platforms.
“We ask the U.S. District Court for the South Florida District Court to order an immediate halt to the shameful illegal censorship of American people’s social societies,” he said, adding that he also asked the court to restore their accounts and impose punitive damages.
“It will be a crucial battle in defense of the First Amendment. And in the end, I am sure we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time, freedom of expression,” Trump said.
Twitter banned Trump from its platform permanently after the Capitol Hill assault on January 6, citing repeated violations of its moderation policies and the risk it could use to incite further violence.
Facebook he forbade Trump for at least two years for similar reasons, while Google’s YouTube has indefinitely suspended its account.
The moves have deprived the former president of vital slogans he used to compulsively transmit to his tens of millions of followers, apologizing to his enemies, praising his allies and repeating unfounded accusations of electoral fraud by his democratic opponents. on the 2020 elections.
Throughout his presidency, Trump and several of his Republican allies argued that Big Tech platforms were prejudicial against conservatives, while left-wing critics of the platforms said they had not done enough to police the speech. I hate.
The legal effort announced Wednesday is backed by America’s First Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Trump’s policies.
Complaints for each case say Democratic lawmakers are “coercing” their respective platforms by publicly calling for a ban on the former president and others, and threatening regulation and antitrust breaches.
The lawsuits also allege that the platforms worked with “federal actors” to impose censorship – for example partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “suppress contradictory medical opinions.”
The presentation argues that social networks have violated the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. They also sought a decision that Section 230 of the Decency in Communication Act, which gives technical platforms immunity from being cited in the case for user-generated content, be unconstitutional.
Trump is called alongside a handful of other individuals as actors. The American Conservative Union is also called in the Twitter case.
The former president said he expected the litigation to be a “very, very important game change for our country” and “will fall as the largest class action ever presented, because thousands of people they want to join. ”
However, some legal experts have argued that the litigation was misleading, since in the First Amendment, platforms have the discretion to decide which discourse to accept, while an individual does not have the constitutional right to use its services.
“Trump has the First Amendment argument exactly wrong,” said Paul Barrett, deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. “The First Amendment applies to government censorship or speech regulation. It does not prevent private sector corporations from regulating content on their platforms.”
Since social media banned it, Trump has struggled to cultivate similar online influence elsewhere. In May, he launched his blog site – From Donald J Trump’s Desk – only to close it less than a month later, frustrated by the lack of readers. He is also exploring the creation of his own social media platform.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the cause. Facebook and Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.