Donald Trump Sues Facebook, Twitter, And Youtube In Latest Legal Tirade
A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by the mob-linked former U.S. President Donald Trump, 75, against three of the world's biggest tech companies: Facebook, Twitter, and Google as well as their CEOs.
Donald Trump said he is serving as lead plaintiff in the class-action suits, claiming he has been wrongfully censored by the companies who are allegedly violating his 1st Amendment. Trump stated during a news conference, at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course, “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.”
Trump was suspended from Twitter and Facebook after apparently inciting his followers to storm the Capitol building on January 6 in an attempt to overthrow the US government. The companies cited concerns that he would incite further violence. Since his landslide defeat during the 2020 election, Trump has continued to spread lies about the 2020 election. He frantically alleges he won, even though election officials and multiple judges, including some he appointed, have said there is no evidence of the alleged mass voter fraud.
Trump and other politicians, allied to the former president, argue that Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms have abused Section 230 and should lose their immunity or at least have to earn it by satisfying requirements set by the government. Under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, internet companies are generally not liable for the material posted by users under this protection. The law provides a legal “safe harbor” for internet companies and allows social media platforms to moderate their services by removing posts that violate the services’ own standards. The targeted posts, for example, would include calls to violence, which Donald Trump has been cited for multiple times in 2020, or inciting public disorder, such as a riot, insurrection, or coup d'etat. Post removal is determined by the companies as long as it is in "food faith".
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