Former President Donald Trump announced his intention to sue Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday.
Trump made the announcement at a press conference this morning alongside Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins of the America First Policy Institute.
At the event billed as concerning “the First Amendment rights of all Americans,” the former President announced he is launching class-action lawsuits against the social media giants, as well as search engine Google and their CEO, Sundar Pichai.
“The lawsuit against Pichai also names as a defendant Youtube, the video-sharing website bought by Google in 2006,” CNBC reports.
The class-action status will allow him to sue Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Pichai “on behalf of a broader group of people that he argues have been censored by biased policies.”
NEW: Trump will announce today that he’s suing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sources tell Axios. https://t.co/0vj8dAt0ii
— Axios (@axios) July 7, 2021
Trump To Sue Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey
Donald Trump’s announcement that he will sue Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, comes as conservatives argue that his message and right to free speech have been stifled by the Big Tech companies.
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Data indicates his reach was significantly limited by restrictions on – or banning of – his posts.
The former President of the United States, a man who earned 75 million votes in the 2020 election, has been permanently banned from Twitter and de-platformed from Facebook for two years.
YouTube banned Trump in January.
Such shocking moves have even led several world leaders to lecture Big Tech companies in America.
In addition to the German Chancellor & Mexican President, 2 French ministers said they were “shocked” & disturbed by the spate of Silicon Valley censorship, including against Trump, calling tech giants “the digital oligarchy” & a “threat to democracy.”https://t.co/wk4HLo76J6 pic.twitter.com/ZKLGyr3lSo
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 11, 2021
Axios describes the lawsuits as “the latest escalation in Trump’s yearslong battle with Twitter and Facebook over free speech and censorship.”
Still, they note that Trump frequently announces his intent to sue entities that have wronged him but that he “rarely” follows through “in terms of winning a judgment or even taking cases to trial.”
Finally a class action lawsuit! ⚖️ Let’s do it! https://t.co/RwbhwAuNFO
— Sandy Smith NC (@SandySmithNC) July 7, 2021
Did Big Tech Meddle In The Election?
Earlier this year, Facebook’s independent Oversight Board affirmed the company’s decision to suspend Trump from their platform.
At the time, former White House chief of staff under Trump, Mark Meadows, warned that Facebook could face consequences for their actions.
“It’s a sad day for Facebook because I can tell you a number of members of Congress are now looking at: Do they break up Facebook? Do they make sure that they don’t have a monopoly?” Meadows warned.
Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate.
If they can ban President Trump, all conservative voices could be next.
A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 5, 2021
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) last month introduced legislation designed to rein in Big Tech censorship, telling such companies they’ll be getting “no more free passes.”
“Today, a group of unelected, anonymous, and unaccountable people now have the power to determine what can and can’t be said in day-to-day online conversation,” Rubio further argued in an op-ed for Fox News.
Sen. Rubio introduced legislation to crack down on #BigTech‘s censorship and algorithmic manipulation, remove unfair protections for Silicon Valley corporations, and defend free speech in America.
Read more here ⬇https://t.co/9vS8vnvUlp
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) June 24, 2021
Dorsey, meanwhile, essentially admitted his company’s censorship during the 2020 presidential election was unwarranted, as they actively moved to suppress negative information about President Biden and his son, Hunter.
Information that ultimately was proven accurate.
Big Tech companies were mentioned in an extraordinary TIME Magazine investigative piece titled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
The report detailed how an extensive network of powerful and wealthy people ran a “shadow” campaign in order to ‘save’ the election.
The secret history of the shadow campaign that saved the 2020 electionhttps://t.co/xG3S60cP2L
— TIME (@TIME) February 5, 2021
Trump has repeatedly railed against Big Tech giants like Twitter and Facebook saying their efforts to ban him are “a total disgrace.”
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth,” he said.
Trump added, “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price.”
New Trump statement responding to Facebook’s decision to uphold its ban. pic.twitter.com/PIpszqMpeL
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) May 5, 2021
Conservatives have long contended that Facebook and Twitter have purged or throttled users based on right-leaning political views, shielding themselves in taking such actions through arbitrary and shifting rules.
Rubio argues that Facebook and Twitter have “openly interfered in our elections in favor of Democrat candidates” and “baselessly censored important topics in our national discourse.”
If Trump follows through on a class-action lawsuit against those companies, he’ll have a chance to prove such accusations.
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