Former US Presidentcompanies that banned him by taking them to federal court.
Former US President Donald Trump is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google, accusing theof violating their right to freedom of speech.
Mr. Trump is the lead plaintiff in class-action lawsuits targeting CEOs, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai.
Today, announcing thein Bedminster, New Jersey, he said the companies had become a “de facto censorship arm of the US government”.
“We’re demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the black-listing, banishing, and canceling,” said Mr. Trump.
“Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, unconstitutional, and completely un-American.”
Mr. Trump is banned from, Twitter, and YouTube, owned by Google.
He was suspended from the platforms after theon January 6. A mob of his supporters violently stormed Congress to stop it from certifying in the 2020 election.
Thecompanies said Mr. Trump had used their platforms to about the election. They cited the risk of his rhetoric in banning him.
The Twitter ban is permanent, while Facebook will last until January 2023.
“There is no better evidence that big tech is out of control than the fact that they banned the sitting president of theearlier this year, a ban that continues today,” Mr. .
“If they can do it to me, they can do it to anyone. And in fact, that is exactly what they are doing.”
The Firstthe government from “abridging the freedom of speech”.
However, Facebook, Twitter, and Google are. Mr. Trump’s lawsuits seek to get around this by arguing that all three are “state actors”.
For example, this is what the suit against Facebook says.
“Defendant Facebook has increasingly engaged in impermissible censorship resulting from threatened legislative action, a misguided reliance upon Section 230 of the Communications Act, and wilful participation in joint activity with. Defendant Facebook’s status thus rises beyond a private company’s to that of a state actor. As such, the defendant is constrained by the First Amendment right to free speech in its censorship decisions regarding its users.”
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act gives internet platforms broad exemptions from legal liability for their users’ content online. That provision of the law allows social media sites to remove content and suspend users in cases like Mr. Trump’s. It also allows companies to regulate the content on their platforms as long as they act “in good faith”. They content they determine is “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected”. Mr. for Section 230 to be repealed. So has Mr. Biden, though for different reasons.
Mr. Trump’s lawsuits say the authority given to tech companies under Section 230 to moderate their platforms is unconstitutional. Republicans argue the law allows companies to censor conservatives, while Democrats believe it will enable them to avoid combating, knowing they will not be held liable for it. “Plaintiff respectfully asks this is an unconstitutional delegation of authority,” the suit against Facebook says.