INTERNATIONAL – ousted from major social networks since the murderous assault on Capitol Hill, former US President Donald Trump filed collective complaints against Facebook, Twitter, Google and their bosses on Tuesday, September 7, accusing them of being responsible for an “illegal, unconstitutional censorship”.
The next day, he was a guest on Fox News to discuss his ban from multiple social networks, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
The former US president was quick to talk about dinners he allegedly had with the Facebook boss and his wife Priscilla Chan at the White House. On the air, he bluntly insulted Mark Zuckerberg, saying he came to “lick his ass” when he was in the White House.
In June, Facebook suspended Donald Trump for two years. The Republican had already been banned from the platform, temporarily, on January 7 when he was still president for cheering his supporters in the attack on Capitol Hill in Washington the day before, an unprecedented move.
Twitter also ousted him after the deadly assault on Capitol Hill carried out during rival Joe Biden’s certification ceremony on January 6. He will not be allowed to return to the social network, even if he is re-elected in 2024.
Donald Trump said he was “in a fight” to defend free speech at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. But the chances of this complaint succeeding are slim, according to legal experts.
“Social networks have given extraordinary power to a group of Big Tech giants,” accused the 45th President of the United States, who is flirting with a new candidacy in 2024.
In front of an audience of guests, the billionaire explained that he filed collective complaints against tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as their bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey.
These three bosses “implement illegal censorship,” he said. “There is no better proof that Big Tech is out of control than the fact that they have banned the incumbent President of the United States” from their platforms.
With this complaint, presented alongside an organization that promotes its policies defending “America first”, the America First Policy Institute, Donald Trump said he hopes the federal court for the southern district of Florida will order “l ‘immediate end to illegal and shameful censorship by ”social networks.
Before being banned, Donald Trump had nearly 89 million followers on Twitter as well as 35 million on Facebook and 24 million on Instagram.
On these platforms, he had in particular minimized the seriousness of the pandemic and denounced so-called electoral fraud, never demonstrated in court.
“Google and YouTube have erased countless videos that dared to question the judgment of the World Health Organization” during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ex-president lamented on Wednesday.
The real estate mogul has been the source of numerous litigation during his career, but these have rarely been successful. However, he said on Wednesday that he wanted to see the matter through to the end.
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