A month ago, Facebook suspended Donald Trump from its platform for two years over his comments surrounding the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. However, the former president isn’t going to take the ban sitting down. This week, he announced sweeping class-action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and Google for banning him from their platforms.
According to these social media giants, Trump’s false claims about the U.S. election could’ve stoked further violence. However, Trump has stated that he has been unjustly (and unconstitutionally) censored for politically-motivated reasons.
“We are demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and canceling that you know so well,” Trump said in his announcement of the suit. “Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s completely un-American.”
Of course, these are private companies that aren’t bound by the First Amendment, so this may not be a strong legal case. However, the former president has a point in one regard: big tech companies often have far too much power in controlling online speech. No matter the content being shared, do we really want Facebook to police what’s right and wrong?
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