As expected, former President Donald announced on Wednesday he plans to file class action lawsuits against Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as the CEOs of each respective company. Trump announced the legal bid at a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, promising the case would lead to an “end of the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing and the cancelling that you know so well.” Trump and his lawyers, many of whom he said come from the to tobacco industry, plan to file the cases in the Southern District of Florida. Trump alleges the tech giants violated his First Amendment rights.
Following the January 6th US Capitol riot, both Twitter and Facebook banned Trump from their respective platforms. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the time.
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