Former President Donald Trump is certainly getting back into the ring to go toe to toe with his “enemies.” The former president has not only gone back to the arenas to get face to face with his supporters, but he is also planning to get back in the courtroom to spar with three tech company giants.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he is filing a lawsuit against three of the biggest tech companies over a variety of issues related to censorship. The suit is calling for unspecified punitive damages.
The Washington Post reported: “The suits allege that the companies violated Trump’s First Amendment rights in suspending his accounts and argues that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which is owned by Google, no longer should be considered private companies but ‘a state actor’ whose actions are constrained by First Amendment restrictions on government limitations on free speech.”
The article in the Post continued, “Traditionally, the First Amendment constraints only government actions, not those of private companies. The lawsuits also called for the court to strike down Section 230, a decades-old Internet law that protects tech companies from lawsuits over content moderation decisions.”
Trump made it clear that he was not only going after the tech companies but the men who own them. “Today in conjunction with the America 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.”
The former president said from a press conference in New Jersey that he was asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal, shameful censorship of the American people.
He is demeaning an end to what is called shadow banning, silencing and stopping the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that many people have experienced. He claims that his case will prove that the censorship is “unlawful, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s completely un-American.”
The former president said that his suit is looking for prompt restitution and restoration because what is happening in this censorship is “destroying our country.” He is looking for punitive damages as well for the way his accounts were banished from the social media giants. Trump said that he will hold these companies accountable and that this lawsuit will be the first of numerous other lawsuits that will follow.
“But this is the lead and I think it’s going to be a very, very important game-changer for our country. It will be a pivotal battle in the defense of the First Amendment. And in the end, I am confident that we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom, and at the same time freedom of speech,” Trump said.
He declared that these social media companies have ceased to be private because of their enactment and their historical use of section 230, which protects them from liability.
“Once they got section 230, they’re not private companies anymore in a lot of views. No other companies in our country, and even in our country’s history, have had protection like this. It’s, in effect, a massive government subsidy. These companies have been co-opted, coerced, and weaponized by government and by government actors to become the [enforcers] of illegal, unconstitutional censorship. And that’s what it is at the highest level, censorship,” Trump said.
So the former president is coming out swinging against some very powerful moguls of social media. How do you think these titans of the tech industry will react? How do you think the courts will respond to these lawsuits?