Donald trump filed class action lawsuits against the 3 social media giants – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – claiming tech companies are censoring him and the Tories.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Trump claims that Silicon Valley companies are “engaging in impermissible censorship.” He accuses them of hiding behind Article 230 … the Internet law that protects tech companies from lawsuits over content moderation decisions.
The lawsuit claims that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube rise are not just typical private companies, but more akin to a state actor. As such, Trump claims they must respect the First Amendment right to free speech.
Trump claims they “have banned the incumbent President of the United States indefinitely for exercising his constitutional right to free speech.”
Speaking at a press conference from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said, “We’re going to hold big tech very responsible.”
As you know … head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, who is a named defendant, banned Trump’s platform in the wake of the Capitol riot … saying it was too great a risk for America to keep Trump on the platform. The ban was extended until early 2023.
CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey followed suit and Trump banned permanently. head of google Sundar pichai also turned off Trump from YouTube, which is owned by Google.
Trump also claims that the companies have mounted “an aggressive campaign of censorship against a multitude of [conservatives] by censorship (reporting, shadow ban, etc.) resulting from legislative coercion. “
Then there’s this … Trump says the social media ban came “on demand, with the cooperation and approval of Democratic lawmakers.”
Trump is asking the judge to order the tech giants to restore his accounts and those of other members of the class and to ban alleged censorship in the future. They also claim damages and declare Article 230 unconstitutional.
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