Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Axios reported.
The former president is claiming that the companies wrongfully censored him.
The 75-year-old politician said he will lead class representative in a lawsuit being filed with the Southern District of Florida, which also involves other individuals who have been banned by social media platforms.
“We’re demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, a stop to the blacklisting, vanishing, and canceling,” Trump said during a news conference, adding that “we are asking the court to impose punitive damages.”
Trump, argued that the tech giants violated his First Amendment right to free speech describing it as unconstitutional censorship, CBS reported
“The Founding Fathers inscribed this right in the very first amendment to our Constitution because they knew that free speech is essential to the prevention of, look … the prevention of horror,” said Trump, who called the case a “pivotal battle” for the right to free speech.
Recall that he was suspended from his social accounts in January over public safety concerns in the wake of the Capitol riots, led by his supporters.
Facebook had reviewed its decision in June through an independent Oversight Board who also affirmed Facebook’s decision to suspend trump’s account for two years.