President Trump has clearly had issues with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media platforms’ decision to censor and remove him following his attempts to calm the crowd when peaceful protesters occupied the Capitol on January 6. Trump told everyone to go home, but social media platforms accused im unjustly of inciting violence and removed him to keep Americans safe from him — or so the story goes. Now, President Trump plans to sue Twitter, Facebook, and Google over their “unlawful” censorship of conservatives.
“We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that you know so well,” Trump said during a speech at his golf resort in New Jersey on Wednesday. Newsmax reports that President Trump, backed by the America First Policy Institute, filed the lawsuit Wednesday morning in Florida:
Trump has been battling for years with the sites over free speech and censorship, even before his ban.
By using a class-action lawsuit, Trump is filing on behalf of a broad group of people that claim they have been censored because of political bias.
“We ask the court to impose punitive damages on these social media giants,” said Trump. “We’re going to hold Big Tech very accountable. This is the first of numerous other lawsuits.”
Trump railed about what he called censorship of posts by him and others because of the coronavirus pandemic, including his posts about hydroxychloroquine and other treatments for COVID-19.
“Liberty is under increased threats and attacks by a lot of different sides,” Trump said. “We are the majority side … social media has given extraordinary power to a group of Big Tech giants that are working with government, the mainstream media, and a large segment of a political party to suppress the views of the American people and they’ve been very successful at that.”
Trump says “thousands of people” want to join his lawsuit against social media companies. More than 192,000 Americans watched Trump’s announcement live — a sign that even though his presidency is over, he remains immensely popular with Americans — Americans who are sick of censorship.