Trump sues Twitter, Facebook, and Google over selective censorship

July 08, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Former US President Donald Trump filed lawsuits on Wednesday against social media giants Twitter, Facebook, and Google and their CEO’s alleging them of “selective censorship”.

The lawsuits were filed in US District Court in Miami, made a case that California-based social media platforms have violated the right to freedom of speech as per the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Trump has decided to file lawsuits under class-action status meaning to corroborate his support for other users who have faced the same. 

“We will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time, freedom of speech,” Trump said while addressing the media at his golf course at Bedminster, New Jersey.

“We are 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,” he further commented.

The suit requests a court order to end the alleged censorship. Mr. Trump reiterated that if they could ban a president, “they can do it to anyone”.

Twitter, Google, and Facebook have chosen not to respond to requests for comment on this action from Donald Trump. Trump was banned from the social media platforms in wake of his tweets after his supporters started riots in the Capital alleging Joe Biden of electoral rigging on January 8. Trump’s tweets were seen as a provocation to violence asserting that the elections were fraudulent. 

“This complaint is hard to even make sense of,” said Paul Gowder, a professor of law at Northwestern University.

The lawsuit has met with criticism from legal experts asserting that Mr. Trump has a habit of filing lawsuits for media attention but he seldom defends them in courts. The argument regarding freedom of speech infringement in the light of the First Amendment has been criticized by analysts as the big companies he’s accusing have the same First Amendments protections in determining content on their sites.