On Wednesday, former President Trump announced that he will be pursuing a lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google; this comes due to the alleged censorship of the three tech companies and their decision to remove him from their platforms after the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
The class action will be lead by the former president against the three social media companies.
UPDATE: Former President Donald Trump has announced a class-action lawsuit against tech giants Twitter, Facebook, and Google, accusing them of bias and censorship.https://t.co/ZS60ajtNqa
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 7, 2021
Trump said this is an important development of American freedom
During his announcement from his golf club in New Jersey, Trump said that he is announcing a “very important” development of American freedom and freedom of speech. He also added that in connection with America First Policy Institute, he is going to file and lead a class action against the three big techs including Facebook, Twitter, and Google, as well as their CEOs.
The former president added that there is no better evidence against these tech companies, other than the fact that they banned a sitting president of the United States from using their platform. He also added that if the three tech giants can do it to him, they can do it to anyone.
Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, banned former President Trump from using their platform, allegedly due to false claims that the previous presidential election was rigged. The tech companies alleged that Trump “contributed” to the violence that erupted in the Capitol last January 6.
In a blog post about its decision, Twitter wrote that upon close review of the Tweets from Trump’s account and their surrounding context (particularly on how they were interpreted on and off the platform), they decided to permanently suspend Trump’s account, allegedly due to risk of “further incitement of violence”.
Trump and other Republicans alleged that the social media companies “unfairly restrict” conservatives
Meanwhile, Trump and other Republicans maintained that these tech giants are unfairly restricting conservatives, referring to international dictators who were still allowed to use Twitter.
Trump continued, saying that the lawsuit will be filed in Florida and will seek “injunctive relief” against the move of the tech giants’ “shameful censorship”.
CONFIRMED – Trump to file a major lawsuit against the Big Tech giants Twitter, Facebook, Google, and their CEOs over the censorship of American citizens.
— Teresa 2.0 (@Thorsome4) July 7, 2021
Trump added that although these three tech giants are private entities, in the past years they ceased to be private through their historical use of Section 230, which protects them from liability.
He added that, in effect, these social media companies are now “massive government subsidies” that have been coerced and weaponized by the government to enforce illegal and unconstitutional censorship.
The former president added that this became particularly clear during the COVID-19 pandemic; Trump referred to the fact that the social media companies suppressed information containing allegations that the virus originated in a lab in China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.