Trump Sues Facebook, Twitter, Google to Restore Social-Media Accounts

Key Specifications

  • Donald Trump files lawsuit against tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google
  • Trump says it violates the right to speech.
  • Twitter permanently banned Trump in January for his role in riots in the US Capitol

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he filed class-action lawsuits against tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google — along with their CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai — because of bans imposed on him and others.

Trump gets ban an indefinite period of time from social media platforms. It includes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The companies take this step due to his involvement in the Capitol Hill riots which took place in January.

Trump said that he wants the court “to order an immediate halt to social media companies” for censoring the American people. “We are 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,” Trump said during a press conference.

He further added that if they could ban a president, they could ban anybody. The lawsuits seek court orders to restore his social-media accounts, along with punitive damages. He wants to ensure other users can’t be ban by the tech giants.

Trump’s in his lawsuit had alleged that the ban from social media platforms violates his right to free speech. But, None of the tech companies replies to the lawsuit yet.

Twitter permanently banned Trump in January for his role in stoking the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a deadly riot to stop the counting of Electoral College votes for President Joe Biden.

Last month, Facebook says that Trump will remain suspended from its networks for at least two years. There will be a possibility that his account will restart in 2023 if the risk to public safety subsidies

Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive, has said that the company will reverse its policy when it decides that the “risk of violence has decreased,” without providing details.

The former president’s videos are still accessible, but he isn’t permitted to post new videos. Facebook, Google, and Twitter declined to comment on the suits, which were criticized by tech-funded advocacy groups.
The Computer & Communications Industry Association gives the following statement:
Digital services have the right to enforce their terms of service and “frivolous class action litigation will not change the fact that users — even U.S. presidents — have to abide by the rules they agreed to.”
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