Former US President Donald Trump is filing a lawsuit against technology giants Facebook, Twitter, Google and the bosses of those companies. Trump is demanding that his accounts be reinstated quickly, he said on Wednesday.
“Today, on the side of America First Policy Institute, as its lead representative, I am filing a major class-action lawsuit against tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter and their bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey,” Trump announced at his golf club in Bedminster. In class action lawsuits, action is taken on behalf of a larger group.
The three bosses are “performing an illegal, unconstitutional censorship,” he said during an official speech. Spectators received his announcement with applause.
Trump has long been at odds with Facebook and Twitter over free speech and censorship. The former president has been banned entirely by Twitter. Facebook deleted him for two years. That happened after the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6 by Trump supporters. He was still president at the time.
On Twitter, Trump had nearly 89 million followers, which was his leading communication platform. In addition, he had 35 million followers on Facebook and 24 million on Instagram.
Google’s video platform, YouTube, will only allow Trump again if the platform no longer sees a risk to public safety. However, YouTube did not mention a time frame for that.
“We are asking the Federal Court of the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate end to the illegal and shameful censorship of social networking groups against Americans,” he said. “We demand (…) the end of the enforced silence.”
“There is no better proof that Big Tech is out of control than the fact that they have banned the incumbent president of the United States” on their platforms. “If they can do that with me, they can do that with anyone. And that’s exactly what they’re doing,” he said, after which he spoke to other people who were banned from the networks. Trump expects to win the legal battle.