As expected, former President Donald announced on Wednesday that he plans to file lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as the CEOs of each company concerned. Trump announced the legal offer at a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, promising that the case would lead to “an end to the shadow ban, stopping the silence and canceling that you know so well.” Trump and his attorneys, who he said many come from the tobacco industry, plan to file lawsuits in South Florida County and hope to get collective lawsuit status with each.
Trump alleges that technology giants have violated his rights to the First Amendment, and even calls Facebook a “state actor” in one of the lawsuits. YouTube has been indicted in a lawsuit against Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. “Our case will prove that this censorship is unconstitutional,” Trump said, adding that he plans to seek punitive damages from each of the companies. The decision to file lawsuits in Florida could prove to be an early obstacle to Trump. As he noticed Reuters, Facebook and Twitter in their services note that every case brought against them must do so in selected courts in California.
After the uprising at the Capitol on January 6, both Twitter i Facebook suspended Trump from their platforms. “We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue using our service during this period are simply too great,” then-Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. The action comes more than two months after Facebook’s supervisory board said the former president’s company suspension was “appropriate. “Facebook currently plans to keep the ban until at least January 2023. Following the decision, Trump called Facebook’s actions” a total disgrace and a disgrace to our country. “
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