Donald Trump said on July 8 that Big Tech (big technology companies) such as Facebook and YouTube are actively coordinating with the government to censor people. The former President wants to put an end to this through his new lawsuits.
Former US President Donald Trump. (Photo: Devi Bones/Shutterstock)
On July 7, Donald Trump said he would file a class-action lawsuit against tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, along with CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai. The former President has been declared “retired” by most of the major traditional platforms after the incident took place at the Capitol on January 6.
Mr. Trump said in the Wall Street Journal on July 8 that the lawsuits would allow him to represent an affected group of people, who he said were unfairly censored by censorship policies. Content browsing is problematic due to collusion between the US government and Big Tech.
“In fact, Big Tech has been illegally viewed as the censorship arm of the US government,” Trump said.
The former president said that “Big Tech companies are being used to impose government censorship in an illegal and unconstitutional manner.” This is because Democrats in Congress can “force platforms to censor their political opponents,” Trump said.
Mr. Trump said that Congress had pressured Big Tech CEOs to censor false stories and misinformation, in which they used “an army of fact-checkers that brought partisanship and loyalty to the Democratic Party.
In addition, Trump also said that Big Tech platforms are “actively working” with US government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remove content from social networks.
According to the former President, this “coercion and coordination” between Big Tech and the US government is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress cannot use private organizations to achieve its goals. what the Constitution forbids Congress from doing.
In addition, Mr. Trump also claimed that Big Tech such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were manipulating and controlling the national political discourse by censoring content over the past year, including evidence that the corona virus appeared. Currently from a laboratory in China, doctors discuss corona virus treatments such as using hydroxychloroquine, and several articles criticize Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden.
In addition, Mr. Trump pointed to people he said were unfairly banned on Big Tech platforms like Facebook and YouTube for sharing information that violated their content moderation rules.