Former President Donald Trump told the media on Wednesday that he has filed a civil suit against social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google at the U.S. District Court for Florida’s southern district.
In a news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course, Trump revealed that he is the lead plaintiff in the class-action suits which seeks to punish the respondents for blacklisting, silencing, and banishing certain people and groups like him.
“We’re 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,” Trump said.
It can be recalled that Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump earlier after his followers stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
The social media giants explained the suspension is needed so that Trump could not incite further violence to his followers on his social media handles.
Based on Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, internet companies are generally exempt from liability for the material that users post. The law, which provides a legal “safe harbor” for internet companies, also allows social media platforms to moderate their services by removing posts that, for instance, are obscene or violate the services’ standards, so long as they are acting in “good faith.”
However, Trump and other politicians are not too keen on his law since Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms have abused it.
At the moment, the three social media giants have yet to issue comments on the lawsuit they are facing.