Former President Donald Trump is suing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai after being booted from multiple platforms following his posts amid the Capitol riot earlier this year.
In a press conference, Trump called his efforts a “beautiful” lawsuit and a “pivotal” battle over the First Amendment. He said his lawsuit would sue for an end to “shadowbanning” and “censoring.”
Trump, who has long complained about a perceived bias against conservatives on social media and was obsessed with attacking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act near the end of his presidency, announced the lawsuit today at a press conference. The news was first reported by Axios. The lawsuits will be class-action, with Trump as the lead plaintiff.
Just last week a federal judge blocked a highly criticized social media law in Florida that would have allowed the state to fine social media companies that banned political candidates.
The judge granted a preliminary injunction request and argued that the trade groups representing tech companies that sued were likely to prevail in their arguments that the law violates the First Amendment.
Trump’s incoming lawsuit also comes as he contemplates another run at the presidency after losing in the 2020 election.
The former president’s reach has dramatically declined since being banned from Facebook and Twitter, and his attempt at launching a blog to connect with his fans was shut down after it wasn’t getting much engagement.
In May, Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the social media giant’s decision to ban Trump, but it also said it disagreed with the company’s decision to ban him indefinitely.
In response, Facebook announced last month that Trump would remain banned for two years and will re-evaluate to see if the “risk to public safety has receded.”