BEDMINSTER, New Jersey – (The Star News Network Wire Service) – Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he is filing a class action lawsuit against Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google and its CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey, for violating his First Amendment rights.
“Today, in conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I’m filing as the lead class representative a major class action lawsuit against the Big Tech giants Facebook, Google, and Twitter,” the former president said.
We’re asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal, shameful censorship of the American people – and that’s exactly what they are doing.
We’re demanding for 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.
Our case will prove that this censorship is unlawful, its unconstitutional, and it’s completely un-American.
Trump’s announcement came at a morning press conference held at his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where he was joined by Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins of the America First Policy Institute.
Trump is bringing the lawsuit on behalf of himself and other Americans whose First Amendment rights, he alleges, have been violated by Facebook and Twitter, Big Tech platforms that currently possess unprecedented power.
President Trump, himself, has often been the target of attempts by Big Tech giants to limit his broad reach. The former commander-in-chief was removed from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Facebook recently announced that Trump would remain banned from the platform for at least 2 years.
While president, in an effort to enhance First Amendment rights, Trump signed an executive order that ended federal funding for various social media platforms that chose to censor users’ political views.
“We are going to hold Big Tech very accountable,” he said.
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Laura Baigert is a senior reporter at The Star News Network, where she covers stories for The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, and The Georgia Star News. Cooper Moran, a reporter for the Star News Network, contributed to this story.
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