Former U.S. President Trump initiates a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, US, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY-RC2B5J9ES6NM

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, US, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY-RC2B5J9ES6NM

As expected, former U.S. President Trump has formally announced that he will launch a campaign against Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their corresponding three CEOs in the Federal Court of Southern FloridaClass action. With the help of “many tobacco industry lawyers,” Trump is full of confidence in winning. According to him, the case “will definitely end the platform’s various silent and shadow banning behaviors in the future.”

In Trump’s view, the three companies violated the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. “This case will prove that the audits conducted by these companies are unconstitutional.” Trump said at a press conference and said that he would ask the court to impose punitive damages on the other party. After the congressional attack at the beginning of the year, both Facebook and Twitter blocked the former president’s account on the grounds of excessive risk. Among them, Facebook has confirmed that it will not be possible to lift the blockade until at least January 2023, and Twitter has directly announced that it will permanently shut out Trump.

At present, Facebook and YouTube have not yet commented on this matter, and Twitter has chosen not to comment. Considering that both Facebook and Twitter have stated in their terms of service that the lawsuit against them must be conducted in selected California courts, the Trump party who chooses to sue in Florida may encounter some obstacles before the fight Up.

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