Former U.S. President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on July 7 (local time). Former President Donald Trump is arguing that the actions taken by the three companies in the presidential election resulted in illegal censorship of him and his conservatives.
At a press conference in New Jersey, he announced a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, and its CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai. Former President Trump appealed to his supporters to head to the Capitol in January 2021, and supporters stormed the Capitol. Social media took the situation seriously and took measures to permanently or semi-permanently suspend Trump’s account. Even today, former President Trump has been excluded from platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
In response to the lawsuit, former President Trump said in a complaint that he was demanding that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida be ordered to immediately stop the illegal and shameful censorship of Americans by social media companies.
In the complaint, former President Trump alleges that these social media platforms violated the law when they deleted or suspended his accounts. Accordingly, he declared a violation of Article 230 of the Telecommunication Dignity Act and demanded that his account be restored after deletion and suspension.
But there are many skeptics about former President Trump’s lawsuit. One expert points out that the First Amendment applies to government censorship or media regulation and does not prevent private companies from regulating content on their platforms, pointing out that former President Trump fundamentally misunderstands the constitution. Eric Goldman, a law professor at Santa Clara University, said he understands that Trump’s legal team can’t win. It was speculated that former President Trump had brought the lawsuit to get attention.
Matthew Schruers, chairman of the Computer&Communications Industry Association, which includes tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, argues that Internet companies have the right to enforce terms and conditions. He said that he could not change the fact that he had to obey. Related information can be found here.