Former President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will lead a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, and Google in the wake of his removal from their platforms following the events of Jan. 6, as well as demand the end of the censorship of Americans across the country, the Daily Caller reported.
Trump’s legal action against CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai will include the requirement to reinstate his accounts and to make changes to eliminate unfair censorship against all Americans.
“Today in conjunction with the America first policy 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, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey. Three real nice guys,” Trump said.
“We are asking the U.S. District Court of the Southern District to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal shameful censorship of the American people and that is exactly what they are doing,” the former president said during a press conference.
“Birthright of Freedom”
Trump said during a press conference: “The American people’s birthright of freedom must prevail against Big Tech and other forces that seek to destroy it. Through this lawsuit, we are standing up for American democracy by standing up for free speech rights for all of every American.”
“The American people’s birthright of freedom must prevail against Big Tech and other forces that seek to destroy it. Through this lawsuit, we are standing up for American democracy by standing up for free speech rights for all of every American.” pic.twitter.com/2lRd2kpbiC
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“They Can Do It to Anyone”
The former president expressed concerns that Big Tech social platforms can essentially censor anyone they choose if they can successfully ban the United States president.
“If they can do it to me, they can do it to anyone,” Trump noted, according to USA Today.
Critics say it won’t hold up
Given that First Amendment protections of free speech don’t apply to private companies in a legal sense, some have already declared the class-action lawsuit as dead in the water.
“The very first word of the First Amendment is ‘Congress’ (as in ‘shall make no law…’). That means the First Amendment applies to governmental actors, not private companies,” tweeted former federal prosecutor Elie Honig.
Others claim that Trump is well aware that the lawsuit likely won’t hold up in court, but is using the press-generating lawsuit as a “PR and fundraising moment,” as Washington-based attorney Bradley Moss said.
Whether or not Trump and those involved in the class-action suit prevail is anyone’s guess, but it’s long past time that someone with a high-profile, public platform — like Trump — begin waging legal battles to fight back against the blatant and often unfair censorship campaigns that Big Tech companies employ against the American people.