The former US President claimed the three companies silence conservative thought. Speaking today at his New Jersey golf course, Mr Trump revealed he had filed the lawsuits at a federal court in Florida. He also claimed he has been wrongfully censured by the three companies.
Mr Trump said: “We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and cancelling that you know so well.
“Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, unconstitutional and un-American.”
He also revealed the lawsuit will call for a prompt restitution of his social media accounts on the platform.
He added: “We are asking the court to impose punitive damages on these social media giants.
“We are going told Big Tech accountable and this is the first of numerous lawsuits which will soon follow.”
The former President also claimed he is confident he will achieve a victory and said the move was integral in defending the First Amendment.
Mr Trump was removed from Twitter and Facebook following the Capitol Hill riot.
Both companies cited their concern he would incite further violence following the incident on January 6.
On January 9, Twitter permanently suspended Mr Trump’s account.
The social media platform locked Mr Trump out of his account for 12 hours after he called rioters “patriots” as they stormed the Capitol.
After returning to the platform, Mr Trump posted two further tweets which the company claimed violated its regulations.
In one tweet, Mr Trump wrote: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, America first, and make America great again will have a giant voice long into the future.
“They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!”
Commenting on Mr Trump’s ban at the time, Twitter said: “After close review of recent Tweets from the account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.
“Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly.
“It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”
None of the tech companies have responded to Mr Trump today.
Author: Bill McLoughlin
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