United States former President; Donald Trump says he is suing Twitter, Facebook, Google, and their CEOs; Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai.
Trump who is on summer vacation announced on Wednesday morning at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, at 11 a.m. alongside two leaders from America First Policy Institute, the pro-Trump nonprofit group that is supporting the lawsuits.
The lawsuit announcement is the latest escalation in the years-long conflict between him and tech leaders, especially after his relationship with Zuckerberg soured.
Recall that last year, Twitter permanently banned Trump on the heels of the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. He also has a two-year suspension from Facebook and was hit with bans from Snapchat and YouTube, among others, this year.
According to a press release from the nonprofit, that was shared with CNBC before Trump’s remarks, the legal action which is to be filed in federal court in Florida, alleges that the tech giants have violated defendants’ First Amendments rights.
The class-action lawsuit will allow Trump to sue the CEOs on behalf of a broader group of people he claims have been censored by biased policies.
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“We will hold big tech very accountable,” Trump said as he accused them of a “flagrant violation of the constitution” in “silencing” and “shadowbanning” conservatives.
He branded social media sites as the “de facto arm of censorship by the federal government” and said they had been “weaponized.”
The legal effort is supported by the America First Policy Institute, a non-profit focused on perpetuating Trump’s policies.
Since his banning from the majority of the world’s social media sites, Trump has claimed that he plans to create his own.
In early May, his team launched the blog “From the Desk of Donald Trump.” It appeared on www.DonaldJTrump.com/desk and the aim was to eventually give him the ability to communicate directly with his supporters, Fox News reported.
However, the platform did not have a feature to allow users to “reply” or otherwise engage with the former president’s posts.