Trump fights back and sues Facebook, Twitter and Google as well as their CEOs

Trump fights back and sues Facebook Twitter and Google

The former president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Wednesday that he has filed lawsuits against three of the largest technology companies in the country: Facebook, Twitter and Google as well as their CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, respectively.

Trump explained that he will act as a lead actor in three class-action lawsuits against these companies, claiming that he has been unfairly censored by them and that they have violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights.

“We demand an end to the shadow bans, the silencing and the blacklists, exiles and cancellations that you know so well,” said the Republican during a press conference on his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey..

The complaints were filed in the Court of the Southern District of Florida, despite the fact that the three companies denounced are under the jurisdiction of the California courts, and have been made known just over a month after Facebook decided to maintain its veto to Trump to use his platform until at least January 2023.

For its part, Twitter, the main social network of the former White House tenant for a single term, permanently banned Trump from using its services after the assault on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters on 6 May. January.

The lawsuit against Pichai also names YouTube, the video platform acquired by Google in 2006, as a defendant. YouTube indefinitely banned Trump in January.

In this way, the former president determines that these companies violated their rights under the protection of the First Amendment of the US Constitution by suspending their accounts and argues that Facebook, in particular, should no longer be considered a private company but “a state actor”. Traditionally, the First Amendment is usually limited to actions by the public sphere, not private companies.

It also requires the court to annul Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which shields technology companies from lawsuits over decisions to moderate their content. Several judicial experts have already said that the courts are highly unlikely to accept their arguments.

Trump and other politicians have long argued that Twitter, Facebook and other social networks have abused such protection and should lose their immunity, or at least have to earn it by meeting the requirements set by the government. Facebook, Google and Twitter declined to comment after the lawsuits were released.