President Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet CEOs over being banned from their platforms

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced class action lawsuits against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Alphabet (Google, YouTube) CEO Sundar Pichai over being banned from their various social media platforms.

“There is no better evidence that big tech is out of control than the fact that they banned the sitting president of the United States earlier this year,” Trump said during a press conference. “If they can do it to me they can do it to anyone… Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful. It’s unconstitutional and it’s completely unAmerican.”

President Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet CEOs over being banned from their platforms
President Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet CEOs over being banned from their platforms

Class action lawsuits enable Trump to sue the tech CEOs on behalf of a broader group of people that he argues have been censored by biased, arbitrary policies.

“While the social media companies are officially private entities, in recent years they have ceased to be private with the enactment and their historical use of Section 230, which profoundly protects them from liability,” Trump said. “It is in effect a massive government subsidy, these companies have been co-opted, coerced and weaponized by government actors to become the enforcers of illegal, unconstitutional censorship.” He called the social media companies “the de-facto censorship arm of the U.S. government.”

Sara Fischer for Axios:

Trump announced at an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday that he is the lead class representative in a lawsuit being filed with the Southern District of Florida.

The filing, Trump said, seeks immediate injunctive relief to allow the prompt restoration his social media accounts. He also said he is asking the court to impose “punitive damages” on the three social media giants.

Trump’s legal effort is supported by the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), a non-profit focused on perpetuating Trump’s policies, through a new legal entity called the Constitutional Litigation Partnership.

AFPI’s president and CEO and board chair, former Trump officials Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins, accompanied him during the announcement.

Will Feuer for The New York Post:

“Today, in conjunction with the American First Policy Institute, I’m filing as the lead class representative, a major class action lawsuit against the big tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter as well as their CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey. Three real nice guys,” Trump said with a note of sarcasm from Bedminster, New Jersey.

“We’re asking the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to stop social media companies’ illegal and shameful censorship of the American people. That’s exactly what they’re doing.

“We’re demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well,” he added.

Trump accused the big tech companies of violating Americans’ First Amendment rights by selectively censoring information.

Several Republical lawmakers also backed Trump, accusing tech giants of a double standard, pointing out that Democrats including Hillary Clinton also challenged the validity of past election results.

“Unless Congress acts, Big Tech is going to continue to censor Americans and trample on our foundational principles of free speech and open exchange of ideas in an effort to control what Americans say, hear, and think,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) said at the time. “Despite recently being exposed for wrongly banning and suppressing information regarding the origins of COVID-19, Facebook is now doubling down on its censorship playbook.”

Hagerty and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) have both introduced legislation in Congress aimed at reeling in the power of big tech companies.

MacDailyNews Note: The video of the press conference announcing class action lawsuits against the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google:

69 Comments

    1. I hope the court has the guts to slap punitive sanctions on the plaintiff and his ambulance chasers for filing a frivolous lawsuit. The First Amendment has been consistently held to bar courts from prior restraint of private speech. This political speech disguised as a lawsuit is even worse,,, it would have the court (that is to say, the Government) compel speech—to force the private defendants to promote a message that they regard as false and potential dangerous. Even the Chinese Communist Party would blush at so openly admitting its efforts to suppress free expression in the interest of totalitarianism.

      1. Typical, Txloser libturd BULLSHIT

        I find it fascinating that you find libturdism so disturbing that you won’t even admit to yourself that you are a libturd. No worries, we all know.

        1. To Extremist Hal, everyone else is by default a leftist.

          Soak in your own haterade, Hal. Nobody likes your incessant bitching in real life or on this cheesy excuse for an Apple forum.

          You know, Apple. That company in California that represents everything you detest. Yet apparently you keep sending them your money. Definition of Insanity, Hal is the prime example.

      2. You don’t know what you are talking about on this issue and certainly not telling the truth with yet another PARTISAN DEFLECTION.

        Section 230 was written SPECIFICALLY for Big Tech in the 1990s so unfiltered posts would be protected from LAWSUITS – no other businesses enjoy the same special legal protection.

        With protections, there is no need to pull President Trumps accounts and censor his freedom of speech or any conservative for that matter. Big LEFTIST Tech playing editors with a partisan agenda deciding what information to present and what not to present. The Big Media approves because they have been doing the same for decades, but ramped up 10X in the Trump era.

        Section 230 needs to be repealed because of the ABUSE it SPAWNED to target political enemies while promoting partisan agendas and spreading misinformation denying both sides presented. The media can be sued, Sandmann proved that successfully several times won over Wash Post, CNN and others, and media does not enjoy the same legal protections.

        Wish you the very best Mr. Trump, its going to be a tough fight given the political and media climate, but you shy away from no one…

        1. The actual text of Section 230 reads:

          “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of—
          (A) any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”

          In short, Trump is bringing a lawsuit that is specifically barred by a federal statute.

          1. Good faith is the problem and a good lawyer would know that. Shame on you,Tx

            I guess you are not to blame, though. Its hard to see that with your head up your ass.

            1. Ok, then. If it is a stupid question, how DO you think Trump can prove a lack of good faith? The test is not whether the plaintiff, the judge, or even a jury thinks that the Trump tweets were “violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not constitutionally protected.” The test is whether Twitter believed that, even if they were wrong.

              I am not aware of any evidence that Twitter thought that whipping up a mob with unsubstantiated claims of massive election fraud was not objectionable, but barred the unobjectionable content anyway, just because of political bias. To prove that Twitter acted unreasonably (which is not actually required by the statute), the plaintiff would have to prove that no reasonable person could believe that the content was objectionable. I cannot imagine even the most partisan of judges finding that the 81 million Americans who voted for the winner of the election do not include a single reasonable person who agrees that their candidate won and was entitled to a peaceful transition of power.

      3. Well, surprisingly, I hope there is no move to dismiss. A multi day deposition could lead to Trump having to explain his role in the insurrection Jan 6th which would be interesting to say the least. His lack of constitutional knowledge and ‘tobacco’ defense team will bring his own house down.

      1. President Trump is the last legally-elected U.S. President. He actually won in a landslide in November if you only count legally-cast votes, not the ones Mark Zuckerberg bought that were unconstitutionally (not authorized by states’ legislatures as required) added to Biden’s nonsensical, illogical fake total.

        By the way:

        “All U.S. presidents retain their title for life, so all former presidents are referred to as Mr. President or President [last name].”

        Source: Forms of Address: How to Address the President

          1. We have a lot of centralized and large tech orgs that just want to help…with your thinking that’s (apparently) deficient. The assistance was first rolled out with computer-to computer efforts–which will continue–and execution of door-to-door efforts will commence soon.

        1. LOL! Oh man, the tin hat must be tight today. Look, you’ve had MONTHS to prove that it was “stolen”. We’ve had MULTIPLE recounts in REPUBLICAN led states and yet…no. proof. Lick your wounds and man up, snowflake.

          Sill waiting for you to Release The Kraken!!!!

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        2. @First Troll: are you so stupid you think your info graphic is how presidents are elected?

          It’s clear you have no actual understanding of the Constitution you claim to love.

          GFY and the one-party rule you encourage every day on a computer blog. What an idiot.

      2. That’s right! Biden won at around 3:30am while everyone (including googoo-gaga Bidy) were asleep. Fantastic! MORE votes than Obama and O was bigger than the second coming of Jesus! Hallelujah! Now the democrats don’t want anyone to look at or even talk about recounts. Hmmm… why would that be?

      3. Libturd Hugh,

        Here’s a list of todays disaster headlines.. and it’s just today:

        -Police in Democrat-run city raise alarm over surge in ‘celebratory gunfire,’ say they’re ‘clearly outnumbered’

        -Media calls out White House for ‘trying to turn the tables’ with false GOP claim

        -‘Squad’ Dem Tlaib calls for defunding of ICE, CBP, DHS, claims they ‘terrorize’ migrants

        -White House defends door-to-door vaccination push amid backlash

        -Congresswoman falsely claims GOP has ‘way more dark money’ than Dems

        Psaki encourages private companies to use vaccine passports: ‘That’s an innovative step that they will take’

        Libtuds are too stupid to know that damage they have done.

      1. If DT is stone age, then what is Licky Cone Joe? Should be banned forever? Maybe he should be, but we don’t do that in my country. Where do you live? Haiti or Russia? China? Iraq or Venezuela? Where do you live?

      1. You are a moron.

        “While the social media companies are officially private entities, in recent years they have ceased to be private with the enactment and their historical use of Section 230, which profoundly protects them from liability,” Trump said. “It is in effect a massive government subsidy, these companies have been co-opted, coerced and weaponized by government actors to become the enforcers of illegal, unconstitutional censorship.” He called the social media companies “the de-facto censorship arm of the U.S. government.”

        1. They are “officially private” because they ARE private. A privately-owned medium of communications does not become public just because somebody disagrees with their editorial decisions. The First Amendment would be meaningless if a website or newspaper could be nationalized because of its content.

          The media companies would only become public if an arm of the US Government (the District Court for the Southern District of Florida) seized their assets to benefit another private party (Donald J. Trump) in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.

            1. skellum, shining illumination on facts and stupid is not bigotry, you stupid fuck

              You voted for a proven racist, then you claim others are racist. How fucking stupid is that?

            2. Hal, you’re a proven genius… or are you?
              How would you know I voted at all?
              Where did I ever say that anyone was racist?

              You see, people like you — if I may dignify you by referring to you as human — make broad assumptions based upon their own cognitive bias. You simply continue to display this deficit in these forums.

    1. Ah, the Dem/Lib/Progs’ dream that will never be realized. President Trump lives rent-free in every empty Democrat head.

      Keep driving yourself crazy dreaming of impossibilities, addled Lib!

      1. LOL!
        President Trump couldn’t beat an old feeble man. WHAT A LOSER!

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  1. “President Trump couldn’t beat an old feeble man.”

    Because Democrats cheated, as usual, and went around the laws using COVID as a pretext in order to steal a U.S. Presidential election, you insufferable retard.

  2. Trump’s behavior on these media was far beyond what would get anyone else banned. This suit is ludicrous. Trump just can’t handle the concept that any law applies to him.

  3. The first amendment does not refer to corporations. Anyone supporting this mob boss is an ignorant idiot. You traitorous trumpers don’t care about that. You only care about destroying democracy and believing obvious lies and bonkers conspiracies. You ignorant traitors are what’s wrong with the country. Nothing you say matters because you are all batsh!t crazy. Also, Trump said WWII veterans are “losers and suckers”. Evidence here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2020/09/03/report-trump-called-us-wwi-veterans-suckers-and-losers/?sh=7e3747516f57

    1. How about based on impact?
      I can most definitely discriminate within my house. Trump is not welcome and he’s not a protected group. Orange is a choice.

  4. Blocked all posts from this site on Apple News. You don’t know the difference between a President and a former President, and you don’t moderate your hate-filled comment section.

  5. As the US government slowly became the largest single entity in the history of the world, and the largest collector of revenue, and by far the largest spender of money in world history, the people have been forced to sacrifice their freedoms at the alter of big government. Then big banks and the 2008 financial crisis. Then big pharma and the opioid and covid-19 crises. Then big tech and the destruction of the first amendment. And next comes big education and the formal formation of a “ministry of disinformation” exactly in keeping with the USSR. We didn’t fight fascism, we had leaders that saw the power of fascism and slowly adopted it…

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