Trump files lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google for censoring conservatives

Former US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the filing of a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google and their bosses for discriminating against conservatives on their platforms and censoring them. The politician is demanding that the portals unblock his accounts.

Trump, whose accounts have been suspended on Twitter, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube, is the lead plaintiff in a class-action complaint by people who consider themselves victims of the portals’ censorship. In the lawsuit, lawyers representing Trump argue, among other things, that Facebook’s position “rises to the status of a state actor” against which it is bound by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees free speech.

“There is no better proof that Big Tech is out of control than the fact that they suspended a sitting president, and that ban is still in effect today. This is not a fair situation and very, very bad for our country,” – the former president said during a conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “If they can do it to me, they can do it to anybody. And, in fact, that’s exactly what they’re doing. They throw people out for no telling what. It’s unbelievable what they’re doing.” – He added.

Trump said he filed the lawsuit in federal court in Florida and seeks reinstatement of the suspended accounts and damages. The legal action was backed by the new think tank America First Policy Institute, which promotes his policies. Both the companies and their chief executives, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, are being sued. Commentators noted, however, that the bylaws of the sued services require that suits against them be brought in California courts.

The former president’s accounts were suspended in January of this year. over his public accusations of rigging the 2020 election, which were deemed incitement to violence by the portals authorities in light of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Twitter’s suspension is indefinite. Facebook in May announced that the decision would remain in effect for at least two years and could be extended.

During a conference call on Wednesday, Trump said the events of January 6 were “unfortunate,” but added that the rioters – more than 500 of whom have already been detained – are being treated “unbelievably unfairly” compared to “Antifa, which was burning down cities.” The former president further stated – contrary to the facts – that the participants in the storming of the Congress building did not have firearms. He also added that he knows the identity of the police officer who shot riot participant Ashli Babbitt, who tried to break the police barricade. According to Trump, there was “no reason” to shoot the woman.

Social media, especially Twitter, has been Trump’s primary means of communicating with voters. After he was deprived of access to the main platforms, the former president started a blog, but soon abandoned the initiative. He now publishes almost daily statements commenting on events, a form that often resembles tweets. He has also returned to public appearances and rallies.

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