After 6 months off social media following the suspension of his official Facebook and Twitter accounts, former American President Donald Trump sued the two social media companies, as well as American multinational technology company Google for blocking his social media accounts.
He filed the cases from Miami and said the social media platforms violated his right of freedom of speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
He filed three lawsuits making similar allegations, one against Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, one against Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey, and another against Google and its CEO Sundar Pichai.
Trump lost his social media accounts 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 6th January after a Trump speech repeating his false claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud, an assertion rejected by multiple courts, state election officials and members of his own administration.
The lawsuits ask a judge to invalidate Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that has been called the backbone of the internet because it provides websites with protections from liability over content posted by users.
Trump and others who have attacked Section 230 say it has given big internet companies too much legal protection and allowed them to escape responsibility for their actions.
Trump sought to portray the social media companies as subject to the same first Amendment requirements as government entities when it comes to censorship
Last week, a federal judge in Florida blocked a recently enacted state law that was meant to authorize the state to penalize social media companies when they ban political candidates, with the judge saying the law likely violated free speech rights.
The lawsuit said the bill signed by Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in May was unconstitutional.
It would have made Florida the first state to regulate how social media companies moderate online speech.