Trump sues Google, Facebook and Twitter alleging ‘censorship’

Trump sues Twitter, Google and Facebook alleging 'censorship'
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Daily US Times: Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter, claiming that he is the victim of censorship.

The class action lawsuit also targets the CEOs of these companies.

The former US president was suspended from his Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts in January over public safety concerns in the wake of the Capitol riots, led by his supporters.

He called the lawsuit “a very beautiful development for our freedom of speech”.

In a news conference from his golf resort in New Jersey on Wednesday, Donald Trump railed against Democrats and social media companies, who he accused of espousing misinformation.

He said: “We are demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and cancelling that you know so well.”

Mr Trump’s lawsuit requests a court order to end alleged censorship imposed by social media giants. The former US president added if they could ban a president, “they can do it to anyone”.

Google, Facebook and Twitter have not responded to the lawsuit yet, which was filed to a federal court in Florida.

The former US president was joined at the announcement by former Trump officials who have since created the not-for-profit America First Policy Institute.

He called the post that got him banned from Twitter, “the most loving sentence”.

The tweets that resulted in Mr Trump’s ban for “glorification of violence” were from 8 January, two days after the rioting in the US capitol.

The riot followed his repeated claims that the election was rigged in Joe Biden’s favour, but never offered any evidence.

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