Former President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google, as well as their respective chief executives Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai. His golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and two leaders of the Pro-Trump non-profit organization that supports the lawsuit, the American First Policy Institute. Soon after the press conference ended, Trump’s political entities began sending fundraising messages to promote these lawsuits.
One of the text messages written in Trump’s voice included a link to their joint fundraising committee. Fundraisers rescued the United States, and the organization also raised funds for other Republican political institutions. initiative.
The tech giant infringed the Plaintiff’s First Amendment rights. These lawsuits were announced after Facebook decided to defend Trump’s ban on using the platform at least until January 2023. Twitter was Trump’s preferred social media channel during his only term, and it was permanently banned on January 6th after a group of his supporters invaded the Capitol. v. Pichai also named YouTube, a video-sharing site acquired by Google in 2006, as a defendant. YouTube banned Trump indefinitely in January. The lawsuit hopes that the court will order the media company to allow Trump to return to their platform.
They also want the court to declare Article 230 of the Communications Regulation Act, which prohibits technology companies from being responsible for the content posted by users on their platforms, which is unconstitutional. As President, Trump criticized Article 230 and repeatedly called for its repeal. . He even linked this issue to a round of critical stimulus checks at the height of the coronavirus pandemic and the passage of the annual defense spending bill.
When questioned regarding the lawsuits, Trump stated to reporters, “We’re not looking to settle, we don’t know what’s going to happen but we’re not looking to settle,” he said.
Representatives of Twitter and Google declined to comment. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Liz Harrington, a Trump spokesman, declined to comment before the former president delivered a speech. Lawyers representing Trump in the lawsuit, Matthew Lee Baldwin de Vargas, González, Baldwin, and Delombard did not immediately respond.
CNBC has questions about how many lawsuits Trump plans to bring and whether these lawsuits have been brought to court. Wall Street seems to be basically indifferent to the news because the share prices of Facebook and Google’s parent company Alphabet outperform the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index.
Facebook last appeared outside of its intraday high of more than 1%, rising 0.1% %, and Alphabet increased by about 0.2%. Twitter came out of intraday lows but fell 0.5% in shock trading. The trend of social media stocks is compared with the S&P 500 index falling 0.1% and the Nasdaq index falling 0.3%.
The same day the announcement was made, the Guardian reported that the forthcoming book “Frankly, We Did Win This Election” claimed that Trump praised Adolf Hitler to his then-chief of staff, John Kelly.
Trump allegedly said: “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things.” The Guardian told the Guardian that according to the author of the book and Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, Trump denied this. One argument. In a statement to NBC News, Harrington stated that the report was “is totally false. President Trump never said this. It is made up fake news, probably by a general who was incompetent and was fired.”