Trump sues Facebook, Twitter and Google, Internet says ‘he’s irrelevant without social media’

Announcing his lawsuit against CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, Trump said they were 'destroying our country'


                            Trump sues Facebook, Twitter and Google, Internet says ‘he’s irrelevant without social media’
Donald Trump is permanently banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook for two years (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump has announced a class-action lawsuit against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on behalf of victims of "cancel culture," reports say. He announced the news on Wednesday, July 7, during an outdoor press conference at his Bedminster golf course clubhouse in New Jersey. It is important to note here that Trump is permanently banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook for two years.

Announcing his legal action against Facebook, Twitter and Google's chiefs, Trump called for an end to "un-American" cancel culture. "We're demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, a stop to the blacklisting, vanishing and cancelling, " he said, adding that "we are asking the court to impose punitive damages." Trump further argued that the suspension of his social media accounts reflects an infringement on the First Amendment's guarantee that speech won't be diminished by the government.

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Former US President Donald Trump (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)

Trump's legal moves are backed by the America First Policy Institute, an NPO that includes several former senior administration officials. The former POTUS is accompanied by Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins, former acting director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Trump's lawsuit would allow him to sue Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on behalf of a group that claims "they have been silenced because of the social media giants' politics." Last week, Trump's team launched a new social media app called 'GETTR' which was widely discredited and dubbed as Trump's latest attempt to get back on social media and be able to engage with his base online after being permanently banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook.

During his speech, Trump called the three CEOs "three really nice guys" and quoted George Washington whom he declared will "never be cancelled." He said, "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter. It's a pretty well-known phrase. This fundamental American right is under threat and attack from a lot of different sides." Trump also called his case a "pivotal battle" for the right to free speech and said, "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." Furthermore, he accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of carrying out a campaign of "silence and suppression" in an attempt to censor the views of conservative Americans. He claimed that his suit demands "an immediate halt ... to illegal censorship of the American People." Trump dubbed the practice "Unlawful. Unconstitutional. UnAmerican."

'Irrelevant without his social media accounts'

As soon as the news broke out, people flooded Twitter with all kinds of comments. One user wrote, "Trump is suing Facebook and Twitter because he understands he is irrelevant without his social media accounts. He needs inauthentic accounts and his cult members to amplify his ramblef**kery, but Gettr and Parler aren't going to cut it." Another user expressed doubts on whether Trump's lawsuit would actually pan out and commented, "Maybe wait until the suit is filed until reporting this based on a single source. We're still waiting for him to sue his dozens of sexual assault accusers as he promised." Another user wrote, "Yeah this is going absolutely no where. Hope Facebook and Twitter countersue for their lawyers' fees to even respond to this nonsense." One user commented, "Trumps lawsuit against Facebook and Twitter makes more sense when you remember it will likely be accompanied by an email blast to his supporters asking for donations to fund the lawsuit."



 



 



 



 

Some users also mocked lawyers taking up Trump's case and posted tweets like, "Who's his lawyer.. heard his last one was disbarred... and here's hoping they are LICENSED to practice in the State it's filed. Guy doesn't really vet much these days," and another said, "Which spotlight-seeking lawyer is going to grift his money at the risk of their license - I mean, make a good-faith argument in Trump's defense - this time?"



 



 

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