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Old 07-08-2021, 01:41 PM   #1
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Trump announces lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

So he's really trying to come back?

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The Morning After: Trump announces lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

He says the tech giants violated his First Amendment rights.



BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY - JULY 07: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference announcing a class action lawsuit against big tech companies at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Former president Trump held a press conference with executives from the America First Policy Institute to announce a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their CEOs, claiming that he was wrongfully censored. Since being banned from the social media companies, former president Trump has continued to spread lies about the 2020 election. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
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More than two months since Facebook's Oversight Board said its suspension of the former president was "appropriate, Donald Trump announced yesterday he plans to file lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The move was teased earlier yesterday by Axios. Trump announced the legal bid at a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, promising the case would lead to an "end of the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing and the canceling that you know so well." He says the tech giants violated his First Amendment rights. Trump and his lawyers are planning to file the lawsuits in the Southern District of Florida.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S., September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYTom Brenner / reuters

During his presidency, Trump battled big tech pretty frequently. His executive order in 2020 tried to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for what users posted online.

While it was billed as an attempt to prevent online censorship of political ideas, it came shortly after Twitter fact-checked a Trump tweet that claimed mail-in ballots were guaranteed to be "substantially" fraudulent. President Biden revoked this just over a month ago.



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