Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he will lead class-action lawsuits against Twitter, Google, and Facebook over alleged censorship, declaring that “big tech is out of control” and is functioning as “the de-facto censorship arm of the U.S. government.”
“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 as he announced the lawsuits in conjunction with the America First Policy Institute.
“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 added.
Few “experts” give the effort much of a chance on legal merits. The truth in that regard is more like the tech giants will try to settle out of court to keep the Discovery phase of the prosecution from happening. The last thing they would want is lawyers for someone else rifling through their files and emails.
However, for the millions of patriots who have been banned, shadowbanned, and outright censored by the Big Tech social media platforms, at last someone who gets things done is making an effort to restore what is sold as free speech on a town square only to have information and opinions subject to nebulous community standards that rarely cover truly offensive speech and images. Just what is valued by conservatives.
“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.”