Story at a glance
- Former President Trump has announced he is suing the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google.
- Trump has been banned from Twitter and Facebook.
- Trump alleges that his First Amendment rights are being infringed upon and that he is being censored.
Former President Trump announced he is bringing a class-action lawsuit against Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai.
As first reported by Axios, the lawsuit stems from Trump’s being banned from Facebook and Twitter following the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol. Twitter instituted a lifetime ban against the former president, while Facebook said it would revisit the ban in two years.
“Today, in conjunction with the American First Policy Institute, I’m filing as the lead class representative, a major class action lawsuit against the big tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter as well as their CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey. Three real nice guys,” Trump said in his announcement. “We’re asking the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to stop social media companies’ illegal and shameful censorship of the American people. That’s exactly what they’re doing.”
“We’re demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well,” he added.
While the tech platforms have cited safety concerns and inciting violence as the driving force behind the bans, however, Trump contends that it is selective censorship.
None of the social media and tech companies have responded to the lawsuit at this time.
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