Trump Sues Facebook, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey Over Allegations of Social Media Censorship
After roughly seven months, a failed attempt at becoming a blogger, and the recent devolution of his former aide's new social media platform into a hentai/furry porn appreciation board, it seems former President Donald Trump is more than determined than ever to find his way back onto Facebook and Twitter. Yep, instead of hiding inside “The Office of the Former President” at his Mar-a-Lago residence, lamenting about being de-platformed for sharing content that may or may not have led to the Capitol insurrection in January, 45 has evidently decided to take his grievances up with the legal system, announcing on Wednesday that he would serve as the lead plaintiff in three lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google as well as CEOs Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg.
“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 during a press conference at his New Jersey golf course, per the AP, the former president noting that this would be the first of “numerous” lawsuits against “Big Tech” companies.
Filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida and backed by the concerningly named America First Policy Institute, the suit is also aimed at altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a controversial measure that generally provides immunity to social platforms for content posted by third parties, a rule Trump attempted to repeal during his tenure as President, according to The Hill. Although the filing argues that the sites in question are “increasingly engaged in impermissible censorship resulting from threatened legislative action, a misguided reliance upon Section 230," claiming that the aforementioned social platforms jeopardize “potentially every citizen’s right to free speech," it seems not everyone agrees with these allegations.
Although as of publication, none of the three platforms named have responded to the suit, Adam Kovacevich, the CEO of Chamber of Progress, a group partially funded by Facebook and Twitter that represents big tech companies dismissed the case as an attempt to allow the spread of hate speech and misinformation on social media.
"Right-wing extremists are turning to the courts because their own platforms have collapsed after becoming anything-goes dumping grounds for hate, hoaxes, and pornography," said Kovacevich. "Now they want to turn Facebook and Twitter into another cesspool for extremism."
So folks, although it's unclear how, exactly, these legal proceedings will go, at least 45 will always have a home on the hentai-filled hellscape that is GETTR.