Former US President Donald Trump, who was expelled from major social networks after the murderous attack on Capitol Hill, filed joint complaints against Facebook, Twitter, Google and their employers on Wednesday, accusing them of “illegal censorship, unconstitutional”.
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He promised Republicans at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that “we will fight to win” to protect freedom of expression.
But legal experts say the chances of this complaint winning are slim.
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“Social networks have given extraordinary power to officials, the mainstream media and a group of big tech giants working with the majority of a political party to silence and dispel American ideas,” the 45th president of the United States accused. , Flirted with the new candidate in 2024.
In front of a guest audience, the billionaire explained that the file was filed by “America First”, a major joint legal action against technology companies including the first policy firm in the United States, Facebook, Google and Twitter, and their bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Sunder Pichai and Jack Dorsey.
These three employers are “carrying out illegal auditing,” he said. “There is no better proof than this that Big Tech is not in control. They have banned the then President of the United States.”
The lawsuit was probably funded by the United States’ first policy agency, the United States, and the federal court for the Southern District of Florida said it “hoped the illegal and shameful audit would end immediately.” Part of social networks.
“I firmly believe that Trump will lose”
In June, Facebook suspended Donald Trump for two years.
He was expelled from the Republican platform on January 7, an unprecedented decision to encourage his supporters during the January 7 attack on the Capitol in Washington during his presidency.
Social networking site Twitter also kicked him out after the murderous attack on the Capitol during the January 6 victory ceremony of his rival Joe Biden.
Prior to the ban, Donald Trump had nearly 89 million followers on Twitter – where he announced several major presidential decisions and thunder removals – as well as 35 million on Facebook and 24 million on Instagram.
On these platforms, he downplayed the severity of the epidemic and denounced the so-called election fraud, which has never been proven in court.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, the former president lamented on Wednesday that “Google and YouTube have destroyed countless videos that dared to question the World Health Organization’s verdict.”
The real estate mogul has been the source of numerous lawsuits throughout his career, but these have rarely been successful. However, he said on Wednesday that he would like to go all the way in this matter.
Eric Goldman, a law professor who specializes in high technology at the University of Santa Clara, however, “firmly believes Trump has lost.”
He told the AFP that the “First Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, which protects freedom of expression, “restricts public actors only, not private organizations.”
According to Matt Schroer, head of the CCAA lobby for technology, “useless class actions do not change the fact that users, even presidents of the United States, must abide by the rules they have adopted.”
“This complaint is a publicity stunt and it is unlikely to progress in the courts,” said Jameel Jaffer, head of the Center for the Defense of Freedom of Expression, a “first-rate correction agency” at Columbia University.
However, he added that it was “important” to discuss on social media “the obligations of the First Amendment on private actors to exert more influence in public discourse.”
Especially if American conservatives are protesting against the expulsion of Donald Trump from social networks, Democrats also have the tech giants in their sights.
In late June, a congressional committee approved a series of bills backed by Democrats and Republicans targeting Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, and paving the way for their removal.
They are likely to get approval in the House of Representatives, but their fate remains uncertain in the Senate.