Former President Donald Trump announced that he will lead a lawsuit over censorship against Twitter, Facebook, and Google — three tech companies that removed him from their platforms after the Jan. 6 capitol attack.
The lawsuit is a class-action lawsuit that was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Miami, and Trump will be the lead plaintiff. He spoke about the legal suit from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“I stand before you this morning to announce a very important… development for our freedom and freedom of speech,” Trump said. “In conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I’m filing as the lead class action representative a major class action lawsuit against the big tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as their CEOs.”
“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 added. “If they can do it to me they can do it to anyone.”
Twitter, YouTube and Facebook each barred Trump from over his claims about the presidential election being stolen, alleging that he contributed to the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. YouTube is owned by Google.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump 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,” Twitter wrote in a blog post about this decision.
“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.”
Trump’s lawsuit is going to be led by the America First Institute (AFPI), a nonprofit organization run by several allies and alumni from the Trump administration. AFPI President and CEO Brooke Rollins introduced Trump before the remarks on Wednesday.