Former President Trump is filing a major class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google over what he calls First Amendment violations.
Speaking in New Jersey, Trump called the social media companies’ banning of Americans over speech “shameful and illegal” censorship.
He says in recent years we’ve seen increasing coordination between Big Tech and government agencies. According to Trump, “Through such coordination the government has essentially deputized social media platforms to become the defacto censorship arm of the U.S. Government.”
In the lawsuit, which he filed in Florida, Trump is demanding prompt restoration of all his suspended accounts as well as putting an end to “shadow-banning.”
Trump called this a pivotal battle for the First Amendment right to free speech, adding he’s confident he will “achieve a tremendous victory” in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
He also likes his odds with the U.S. Supreme Court, to which he appointed three judges, if the lawsuit makes it that far.
Trump was banned from the platforms after Big Tech falsely claimed he posted content encouraging rioters to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Trump is completely banned from Twitter and is banned from Facebook for another two years.
Trump’s Twitter account has been archived but is not active.