Trump announces suits against Facebook, Twitter and Google
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is filing lawsuits against three of the country’s biggest tech companies: Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube.
Trump says he is serving as the lead plaintiff in the class-action suit, claiming he has been wrongfully censored by the companies. The suits were filed in U.S. District Court for Florida’s southern district.
Trump was suspended from Twitter and Facebook after his followers stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The companies cited concerns that he would incite further violence. Currently, he can no longer post on either platform.
Under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, internet companies are generally exempt from liability for the material that users post. The law, which provides a legal “safe harbor” for internet companies, also allows social media platforms to moderate their services by removing posts that, for instance, are obscene or violate the services’ own standards, so long as they are acting in “good faith.”
But Trump and other politicians have long argued that Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms have abused that protection and should lose their immunity — or at least have to earn it by satisfying requirements set by the government.
Facebook, Google and Twitter all declined comment Wednesday.