Former President Donald Trump is going head-to-head with Big Tech.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that he is bringing class-action lawsuits against Facebook, Google, and Twitter, the Daily Wire reports.
“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,” Trump said.
The American First Policy Institute is a nonprofit organization that was created earlier this year by former members of the Trump administration. Apparently, it will be participating in the case.
These lawsuits follow the decision by Big Tech to ban Trump from their social media sites following the January 6th Capitol riot.
The purpose of the lawsuit, according to Trump, is to try to put an end to the Big Tech censorship of conservatives.
“We’re 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 and that’s exactly what they are doing,” Trump said. “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,”
Since it is a class action suit, other individuals who have suffered this same Big Tech censorship will be able to join Trump in the lawsuit.
Trump stated that “our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s completely un-American.”
It appears that the main argument of Trump’s legal team will be that Big Tech violated his First Amendment rights by suspending his accounts. The problem, though, is that, historically, the First Amendment does not apply to private companies. Trump tries to get around this by arguing that these companies, Google, Twitter, and Facebook, have become state actors, an argument that, when the details are considered, has a chance.
Renowned Attorney Alan Dershowitz pointed out that “this is a very, very important lawsuit.” Dershowitz also called the case “complicated,” and, accordingly, said that he “can’t predict in the end how it will” turn out.
We’ll see. It certainly is looking like a blockbuster showdown, and it’s no surprise that Trump is leading the way.