Former President Donald Trump said Sunday that Big Tech social media giants, Facebook, Google, and Twitter as well as their CEOs are not “immune” from the class-action lawsuit he filed against them last week.
During his 2021 CPAC remarks, Trump announced that he and his team would be initiating a class-action lawsuit against the Big Tech demanding an end to online censorship and shadowbans.
Dubbed as one of the most important legal battles of the 21st century is being gravely underreported and misrepresented. President Trump has also named CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey as defendants.
In fact, the President’s Press conference on July 7th announcing the case against censorship… was censored, earning RSBN a 7 Day ban a week before CPAC.
Have you been CENSORED by Big Tech? Have your First Amendment freedoms been taken away? We want to hear from YOU!
— America First Policy Institute (@A1Policy) July 7, 2021
The suit also seeks punitive damages and injunctive relief.
Therefore, anyone who has been a user of any of the three platforms, have resided in the U.S. between June of 2018 to present day and have had their account banned or censored by the defendants can join the suit.
“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, A BAN THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY,” TRUMP STATED. “IF THEY CAN DO IT TO ME, THEY CAN DO IT TO ANYONE AND, IN FACT, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING.”
President Trump announced the pending lawsuit at a Press Conference in Bedminster, New Jersey on July 7th. The President’s America First Policy Institute is leading the charge by establishing the Constitutional Litigation Partnership which will carry out the legal fight on behalf of not only President Trump but any Americans who have been harmed by the censorious practices of Big Tech.
Key Take-Aways Of President Trump’s Class-Action Lawsuit
In an incredibly rare Op-Ed to The Wallstreet Journal, President Trump made his case to the American people. He wrote, “One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with the government to censor the free speech of the American people. This is not only wrong—it is unconstitutional. To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop it.”
Here are the key takeaways that make this lawsuit so pivotal. President Trump wrote:
Consider content that was censored in the past year.
- “Big Tech companies banned users from their platforms for publishing evidence that showed the coronavirus emerged from a Chinese lab, which even the corporate media now admits may be true. “
- “In the middle of a pandemic, Big Tech censored physicians from discussing potential treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, which studies have now shown does work to relieve symptoms of Covid-19.”
- “The platforms banned the New York Post—America’s oldest newspaper—for publishing a story critical of Joe Biden’s family, a story the Biden campaign did not even dispute.”
- “Perhaps most egregious, in the weeks after the election, Big Tech blocked the social-media accounts of the sitting president. If they can do it to me, they can do it to you—and believe me, they are.”
- “Colorado Physician Kelly Victory was de-platformed by YouTube after she made a video for her church explaining how to hold services safely.”
“Our lawsuits argue that Big Tech companies are being used to impose illegal and unconstitutional government censorship. In 1996 Congress sought to promote the growth of the internet by extending liability protections to internet platforms, recognizing that they were exactly that—platforms, not publishers. Unlike publishers, companies such as Facebook and Twitter can’t be held legally liable for the content posted to their sites. Without this immunity, social media companies could not exist.
DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS ARE EXPLOITING THIS LEVERAGE TO COERCE PLATFORMS INTO CENSORING THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS.”
“In recent years, we have all watched Congress haul Big Tech CEOs before their committees and demand that they censor “false” stories and “disinformation”—labels determined by an army of partisan fact-checkers loyal to the Democrat Party. As the cases of fellow plaintiffs Ms. Horton, Dr. Victory, and the Michael family demonstrate,”
“IN PRACTICE THIS AMOUNTS TO SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH THAT THOSE IN POWER DO NOT LIKE.”
The only realistic way to fight this battle in 2021 is in court, Congress and the White House are currently held by parties that are hostile to the American people as President Trump alluded to, the very parties who are ultimately, though indirectly in control of these censorship efforts. The Big Tech giants know very well that the Democratic party would exact swift and decisive regulatory vengeance upon them if they should fail to live up to the ‘woke’ ideal, they know equally well that Republicans in the same situation are too divided between America-First Republicans and the Establishment RINO’s to take any such action that would jeopardize them.
President Trump concludes his argument with the most chilling and concise explanation of the case.
“THIS COERCION AND COORDINATION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE SUPREME COURT HAS HELD THAT CONGRESS CAN’T USE PRIVATE ACTORS TO ACHIEVE WHAT THE CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS IT FROM DOING ITSELF. IN EFFECT, BIG TECH HAS BEEN ILLEGALLY DEPUTIZED AS THE CENSORSHIP ARM OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. THIS SHOULD ALARM YOU NO MATTER YOUR POLITICAL PERSUASION. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE, UNLAWFUL AND UN-AMERICAN.”