Donald Trump has made a massive legal decision that will have big ramifications.
But it was something he felt he needed to do.
Donald Trump gave the American people an explanation for a huge step he’s taking.
Former President Donald Trump announced class-action claims against Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with their CEOs, after the companies suspended or banned him from their sites.
In an op-ed published on Thursday, Trump explained why he’s suing big tech.
“One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with the government to censor the free speech of the American people,” Trump began. He then claimed that “This is not only wrong,” but that “it is unconstitutional.
“To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop it,” the former president said.
Trump argued that social media has become the “new public square.”
“In recent years, however, Big Tech platforms have become increasingly brazen and shameless in censoring and discriminating against ideas, information and people on social media — banning users, de-platforming organizations, and aggressively blocking the free flow of information on which our democracy depends,” he claimed, before accusing Big Tech giants of “manipulating and controlling the political debate itself.”
Trump gave some examples of Big Tech’s censorship against him, noting Facebook and Twitter’s suppression of Hunter Biden’s scandalous email.
“Perhaps most egregious, in the weeks after the election, Big Tech blocked the social-media accounts of the sitting president,” Trump noted. “If they can do it to me, they can do it to you — and believe me, they are.”
While Big Tech has blocked the accounts of many Americans, Trump commented, “Meanwhile, Chinese propagandists and the Iranian dictator spew threats and hateful lies on these platforms with impunity.
“This flagrant attack on free speech is doing terrible damage to our country. That is why in conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I filed class-action lawsuits to force Big Tech to stop censoring the American people. The suits seek damages to deter such behavior in the future and injunctions restoring my accounts,” Trump explained. “Our lawsuits argue that Big Tech companies are being used to impose illegal and unconstitutional government censorship. In 1996 Congress sought to promote the growth of the internet by extending liability protections to internet platforms, recognizing that they were exactly that—platforms, not publishers. Unlike publishers, companies such as Facebook and Twitter can’t be held legally liable for the content posted to their sites. Without this immunity, social media companies could not exist.”
Trump also argued that “Big Tech and government agencies are actively coordinating to remove content from the platforms according to the guidance of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” claiming that “tech companies are doing the government’s bidding, colluding to censor unapproved ideas.
“This coercion and coordination is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has held that Congress can’t use private actors to achieve what the Constitution prohibits it from doing itself. In effect, Big Tech has been illegally deputized as the censorship arm of the U.S. government. This should alarm you no matter your political persuasion. It is unacceptable, unlawful, and un-American,” Trump concluded. “Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans — Democrats, Republicans, and independents. I will never stop fighting to defend the constitutional rights and sacred liberties of the American people.”
If you want Black Eye Politics to keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story and the rest of the breaking news in politics, please bookmark our site, consider making us your homepage and forward our content with your friends on social media and email.