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Donald Trump recordsdata sweeping, nonsensical lawsuits towards Fb, Twitter, and Google

 

Donald Trump files sweeping, nonsensical lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google


Facebook, Twitter, and Google subsidiary YouTube, as well as CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai, have all filed proposed class action lawsuits. The complaints come six months after Trump was removed from all three sites, either permanently or temporarily.


Donald Trump recordsdata sweeping, nonsensical lawsuits towards Fb, Twitter, and Google


Following an early report by Axios, Trump announced the cases at a news conference today. He called the instances "an major game-changer for our country."


However, the allegations are based on a collection of mostly unproven or ignored legal grounds, and they follow a series of failed attempts to sue social media companies over suspensions or other forms of moderation.


The lawsuits claim that social media companies violated the First Amendment by removing Trump and other consumers from their networks, a claim that courts have often dismissed. His campaign is supported by the America First Coverage Institute, which includes Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins, as well as former Trump officials.


The pro-Trump America First Coverage Institute is supporting the lawsuits.


Trump's complaint seeks damages on behalf of anybody who has had their Facebook, Twitter, or Google account "wrongly limited or curtailed." It calls for the Communications Decency Act's Part 230 to be declared unconstitutional by the courts. In his press conference, Trump ironically used Part 230 as a legal reason for suing the businesses, falsely claiming that “as soon as they got Part 230, they're not personal firms.”


The claim also appears to question the basis of social media terms of service agreements, claiming that Facebook, for example, “expressly conditioned” use on consenting to “Facebook-imposed speech restrictions.”


The complaint was not mentioned by Twitter or Facebook. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Judges have frequently dismissed allegations that social media companies are open to the public.

The category move, according to Trump, is an attempt to prevent businesses from breaking US speech laws. “We're not looking for a deal right now. “We don't anticipate a settlement,” Trump stated at the press conference in answer to an inquiry, implying that corporations may be liable for “undoubtedly billions of dollars” in damages, “a sum the likes of which no one has ever seen before.”


This appears to be improbable. On Twitter, attorney and author Eric Goldman referenced an upcoming research that found that when consumers sue for being blacklisted, courts overwhelmingly side with the sites. Judges have dismissed not just conservative user lawsuits, but also ones alleging discrimination based on protected classes, such as a recently dismissed case against Google, which some Black filmmakers accused of suppressing or demonetizing films concerning race.


Trump is said to have highlighted communications between Facebook and his own team as evidence of cooperation.


Many of Trump's new lawsuits are far more detailed — and often difficult — than many of the previous ones. The lawsuits claim that Facebook, Twitter, and Google have become state actors not only because they own highly effective platforms for hosting speech, but also because members of Congress summoned them to hearings and urged them to remove certain types of content, such as false information and incitement to violence. (During the January 6 riots, Trump was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for breaching incitement restrictions.). (During the January 6 riot that attempted to overturn President Joe Biden's victory, Trump was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for breaching incitement restrictions.) There is no legal precedence for using this common practice — which the suits refer to as "legislative coercion" — as a rationale for penalizing businesses.


With National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Trump accuses the platforms of “carefully planned interaction... to limit free speech.” During the press conference, Trump seemed to reference an email discussion between Zuckerberg and Fauci from March 2020, which spanned Trump's entire presidential tenure.


Judges have almost consistently rejected assertions that social media sites are public spaces where any content protected by the First Amendment should be hosted. While Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has advocated for more direct control of how businesses might operate, he did so in a case that was largely irrelevant to the subject.


Trump had a long history of feuding with social media companies before being barred from using them this year. He signed an executive order as president urging government enterprises to reduce Part 230 protections, but the order had little effect and was rescinded a year later by President Joe Biden.


Trump was unsure whether or not he would return to Facebook, Twitter, or Google if their restrictions were lifted during the press conference. “I'm not sure. “I won't,” he stated. “When I send out a news release, it gets a lot of attention.” In May, Trump created a blog to disseminate information, but it was shut down after just a month due to minimal viewership.


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