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Former U.S. President Donald Trump has filed fresh lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet’s Google, as well as their CEOs, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the lawsuits, which were filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, are claiming that the California-based social media platforms through their actions and inactions violated the right to freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
To that effect, Trump is seeking class-action status for the lawsuits, meaning he would represent the interests of other users of Twitter, Facebook, and Google’s YouTube who allege they have been unfairly silenced.
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He filed three lawsuits making similar allegations — one against Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, one against Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey, and one against Google and its CEO Sundar Pichai.
‘We will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time, freedom of speech,’ Trump said at a news conference at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
A Twitter representative declined to comment. Representatives of Facebook and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump lost his social media megaphone this year after the companies said he violated their policies against glorifying violence.
Hundreds of his supporters launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
This was after a Trump speech repeating his false claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud.
The claim was rejected by multiple courts, state election officials, and members of his own administration.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK