Former President Donald Trump has said he is suing Google’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as their respective CEOs, in lawsuits alleging “illegal censorship” of Americans.
Trump said on Wednesday he would pursue class actions against CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, as well as their Big Tech platforms.
“We call on 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,” he said, adding that he asked also the court to impose punitive damages.
“It will be a crucial battle in the defense of the First Amendment. And at the end of the day, I have no doubts that we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time, free speech, ”Trump said.
Twitter banned Trump of his platform definitely following the storming of Capitol Hill on January 6, citing repeated violations of its moderation policies and the risk that it could use it to incite further violence.
Facebook has forbidden Trump for at least two years for similar reasons, while Google’s YouTube suspended his account indefinitely.
These measures deprived the former president of essential spokespersons he used to compulsively disseminate to his tens of millions of followers, denouncing his enemies, praising his allies and repeating baseless allegations of electoral fraud. by his Democratic opponents in the 2020 elections.
Throughout his presidency, Trump and many of his Republican allies argued that Big Tech platforms were biased against conservatives, while left-wing critics of the platforms said they had not done enough to control. hate speech.
The legal effort announced Wednesday is supported by America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting its policies. Trump said the litigation would be a “very, very important game changer for our country.”
Since the social media bans, Trump has struggled to cultivate a similar online influence elsewhere. In May, he launched his own blog site – From the Desk of Donald J Trump – only to shut it down less than a month later, apparently frustrated by a lack of readership. He is also exploring creating his own social media platform.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.