Trump sues social media giants, says "We're not looking for a settlement"text_fields
Washington: Former US President Donald Trump has sued Twitter, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube, saying they violated his First Amendment rights by restricting him from their respective platforms.
Trump has filed proposed class-action lawsuits against the companies as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
The lawsuits come six months after Trump was permanently or temporarily suspended from the three platforms.Trump's lawsuits have also asked courts to declare Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act "unconstitutional".
At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump referred to the cases as "a very important game-changer for our country."
"We're not looking for a settlement. We don't expect a settlement," Trump said in response to a question.
However, the media reports said that the lawsuits are all sound and fury with "little legal substance to back them up".
"But the First Amendment is intended to protect citizens from censorship by the government -- not private industry. The irony that Trump himself was the uppermost figure in the federal government at the time probably won't be lost on whoever's lap this case lands in," reports TechCrunch.
Trump had cited an email thread between Zuckerberg and Fauci from March 2020, which was during Trump's own presidency, as reported by The Verge.
The lawsuits claimed that the tech companies colluded with "Democrat lawmakers," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director.