Former President Donald Trump is suing Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube and their respective CEOs for “illegal censorship” of Americans.
Trump said on Wednesday that he will lead a class action lawsuit against CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai and their large technology platforms.
“We ask the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida to immediately stop the illegal and shameful review of the American people by social media companies,” he said, adding that he also asked the court to restore his account and impose punitive damages.
“This will be a key battle to defend the First Amendment. In the end, I believe we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and freedom of speech,” Trump said.
Twitter Ban Trump After the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, he was permanently deleted from his platform, citing repeated violations of his temperance policy and the risk that he might use it to incite further violence.
Facebook Already banned Trump stayed for at least two years for similar reasons, and Google’s YouTube has suspended his account indefinitely.
These actions deprived the former president of an important mouthpiece, who used to compulsively broadcast to his tens of millions of followers, denounced his enemies, praised his allies, and repeated his Democratic opponents in the 2020 election Baseless allegations of election fraud.
During his presidency, Trump and many of his Republican allies believed that large technology platforms were biased against conservatives, while left-wing critics of these platforms said they did not do enough to regulate hate speech.
The legal effort announced on Wednesday was supported by the Priority Policy Institute of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating Trump’s policies.
The complaint in each case alleges that Democratic lawmakers “coerced” their respective platforms by publicly calling for the ban on former presidents and others, and threatened them with the breakdown of regulation and antitrust.
The lawsuit also alleges that these platforms cooperate with “federal participants” to conduct reviews-for example, by working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “suppress conflicting medical views.”
The document claimed that social media networks violated the First Amendment to guarantee freedom of speech. They also seek to rule that section 230 of the Communications Regulation Act is unconstitutional, which grants technology platforms immunity from prosecution for user-generated content.
Trump was appointed as the plaintiff along with a few others. The Conservative Party of America was also named in the Twitter case.
The former president stated that he expects the lawsuit to be “a very, very important game changer for our country” and “the largest class action lawsuit ever made because thousands of people want to join.”
Nevertheless, some legal experts believe that the lawsuit has been misguided because under the First Amendment, platforms can decide for themselves what speeches they will host, and individuals do not have the constitutional right to use their services.
“Trump’s argument on the First Amendment is completely wrong,” said Paul Barrett, deputy director of the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University. “The First Amendment applies to government censorship or speech control. It will not prevent private sector companies from monitoring the content on their platforms.”
Since the social media ban, Trump has been trying to cultivate similar online influence elsewhere. In May, he launched his blog site-From the Desk of Donald J Trump-but shut it down less than a month later, reportedly frustrated by a lack of readers. He is also exploring the establishment of his own social media platform.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit. Facebook and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.