Donald Trump, banned from major social networks since the assault on the Capitol in January, accuses the bosses of Facebook, Twitter and Google of being responsible for “illegal, unconstitutional censorship”. He announced on Wednesday that he was launching a class action suit against them.
Evicted from major social networks since the deadly assault on the Capitol, former U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he was launching a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google and their bosses, accusing them of being responsible for “illegal, unconstitutional censorship.”
“Today, alongside the America First Policy Institute,” an organization that promotes policies defending Donald Trump’s “America First,” “I am filing a major class-action lawsuit as the lead representative against tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as their bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey,” the billionaire announced at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club.
“We demand an end to the forced silence.”
These three bosses “are implementing illegal, unconstitutional censorship,” he said in a formal speech behind a podium with his name on it. The audience applauded his announcement. “We ask the federal court in the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to the illegal and shameful censorship by social networking groups targeting Americans,” he explained. “We demand (…) an end to the forced silence.”
“There is no better proof that Big Tech is out of control than the fact that they have banned the president of the United States in office” on their platforms, he hammered. “If they can do it to me, they can do it to anyone. And by the way, that’s exactly what they’re doing,” he said as he gave the floor to citizens who also said they were victims of bans. “We are in a fight that we will win,” he promised.
He had nearly 89 million followers on Twitter
In June, Facebook had suspended Donald Trump for two years. The Republican had already been excluded, temporarily, on January 7 when he was still president for encouraging his supporters during the attack on the Capitol in Washington the day before, an unprecedented decision.
The social network Twitter had also banned him after the deadly assault on the Capitol during the victory certification ceremony of his rival Joe Biden on January 6. Before being banned, Donald Trump had nearly 89 million followers on Twitter, 35 million on Facebook and 24 million on Instagram.