On Wednesday, former President Trump announced his decision to pursue a class-action lawsuit against the three tech giants; this is allegedly due to their blacklisting and silencing of Republicans.
Trump will pursue a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, and Google
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 announced his decision to pursue the class-action suit against Facebook, Twitter, and Google; this due to their alleged censorship of Republicans and their decision to ban Trump from using their platform after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Trump called his announcement a crucial development regarding American freedom and freedom of speech. Trump also added that he is going to lead the class-action suit against the three social media companies, Facebook, Twitter, and Google together with their CEOs.
During the appearance at his golf club in New Jersey, Trump stated that they are demanding to end the “shadow-banning” and to stop the banishing, blacklisting, canceling, and silencing of Republicans.
Trump added that there is no far better evidence against these social media giants other than the fact they blocked a sitting U.S. president from using their platform. Trump also added that if these big techs can silence a sitting president, they can do it to anyone.
Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, previously banned Trump from using their social media platform, allegedly because of his false claims that the election was rigged. The big tech giants also accused Trump of contributing to the violence on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.
In relation to its decision to ban Trump from the platform, Twitter wrote a post saying that after they reviewed the tweets made by Trump and their surrounding context, they decided to suspend his account due to the risk of inciting more violence.
Social media giants are unfairly restricting Republicans
On the other hand, the former president and other Republicans maintained that these big tech companies are unfairly restricting conservatives; they also questioned Twitter’s decision to keep letting international dictators use their platform.
According to Trump, the class-action action suit will be filed this week in Florida; the lawsuit will also seek “injunctive relief” against these social media companies, due to their “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
The former president then added that although these social media companies were technically private entities, they ceased to be private in recent years, due to their historical use of Section 230, which protects the tech giants from liability.
Trump added that since they sought Section 230 to protect them from liability, in effect, these companies are now “massive government subsidies.” These subsidies were, in turn, weaponized and coerced by the Democrat government to enforce unconstitutional censorship, particularly against Republicans.
Trump added that this became more clear during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic; during the pandemic, these tech giants censored information that contained allegations that the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.