Former US President Donald Trump has recently filed a lawsuit against tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter, including their respective CEOs. At a press conference from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, he alleged that he is the victim of censorship and accused the companies of violating his First Amendment Rights.
"We are 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," he said. Trump called the lawsuit "a very beautiful development for our freedom of speech" and requested a court order to end the alleged censorship. He added that if they could ban a president, "they can do it to anyone."
To recap, Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts after the January 6 Capitol riot. Facebook’s Oversight Board deemed the suspension “appropriate” and plans to uphold the ban until at least January 2023. Meanwhile, Trump was suspended by Twitter after he tweeted of “glorification of violence” on January 8.
None of the tech companies named have responded to the lawsuit yet.