Donald Trump takes to court: Facebook, Google and Twitter have violated his freedom of speech, so the argument. But even a victory might not have any consequences at first.
Bedminister (USA) – Donald Trump wants to sue – and announces it publicly. He stands in front of a building with white columns that is reminiscent of the White House and is statesmanlike: In Bedminster (New Jersey), the former US President Donald Trump makes serious allegations – personally addressed to the company bosses Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Sundar Pichai (Google).
With his lawsuit, Donald Trump wants to have his accounts restored quickly. Trump should remain blocked on Facebook at least until the beginning of 2023, Twitter does not want to leave the ex-president behind at all. Google’s video platform YouTube will also only allow Trump to re-authorize it if it no longer sees any risk to public safety, but did not name a period for this. The accounts were suspended after the Capitol storm earlier this year, the culmination of a long debate over the tweeting president’s freedoms.
Donald Trump is seeking class action against the tech giants
Donald Trump initially filed his lawsuit alone in Florida. But it shouldn’t stay that way. He is aiming for a class action lawsuit. Whose account was “censored” after June 1, 2018, could participate in the lawsuit. Among the censored accounts is that of a teacher who opposes the Mask requirement * said Trump. Therefore, he claims that Facebook has become a “censorship department” of the US government.
His allegation goes personally to the company bosses. All three would act unconstitutionally and are part of a “corrupt censorship regime”. And he warns, “If you can do this to me, you can do it to anyone.”
Donald Trump may not want to restore his Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts
One thing is apparently not certain for the 75-year-old: That he will use his accounts again – should they be restored. He said so in front of the cameras. But he is also not out to reach a settlement with the companies. Observers assume, however, that he is dependent on the accounts for his further political ambitions.
However, Trump made an embarrassing mistake: he mispronounced the name of the Google CEO Pichai – like Puchai. (dpa / kat) * tz.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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