Trump is completely banned from Twitter and is banned from Facebook for another two years. Facebook announced last month that the ban will last at least until 2023, when the decision will be reassessed.
The tech giants are likely to use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to argue that they have a right to censor anyone, at any time, for any reason — an argument that courts have in the past accepted.
Trump is scheduled to make an announcement at a press conference today at 11 am, according to Axios.
- Trump’s legal effort is supported by the America First Policy Institute, a non-profit focused on perpetuating Trump’s policies.
- The group’s president and CEO and board chair, former Trump officials Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins, will accompany him during the announcement.
- Class action lawsuits would enable him to sue the two tech CEOs on behalf of a broader group of people that have been censored by biased policies.
Against Big Tech: Facebook, Twitter and Google
The Associated Press reports:
Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against three of the country’s biggest tech companies: Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Trump will serve as the lead plaintiff in the suit, claiming he has been wrongfully censored by the companies, according to a person familiar with the action.
Trump is set to make the announcement at an event at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course Wednesday morning.
Trump’s lawsuit would be the latest GOP effort to limit tech companies from being able to enforce their policies against politicians.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill into law that would have fined companies for kicking politicians off their platforms, but a federal judge last month blocked the law from going into effect.
A similar bill in Texas passed in the state Senate, but has not made it through the state House.
Trump to make big announcement Wednesday
Trump will make an “important” announcement Wednesday about his plans for a social media platform, Newsmax has learned.
“Mr. Trump will have a major announcement about social media,” a source close to Trump told Newsmax.