Donald Trump, the United States 45th President, is filing suit against Twitter’s CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey as well as Facebooks CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg with a class-action case.
The lawsuit is being spearheaded by the legal group America First Policy Institute, which was founded by Trump administration alumni Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins, the group is also advised by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Axios reported that Trump made the announcement at an 11 am press conference to file suit with the help of the non-profit legal organization America First Policy Institute, which actively perpetuates Trump’s policies. The class action suits are being brought against the two Big Tech CEO’s on the behalf of millions who Trump argues have been censored by politically biased corporate policies.
The tech giants are most probably going to continue to shield themselves behind Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law which grants immunity to websites from suit for inappropriate or illegal content uploaded by users of their sites. But social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter don’t act as disinterested content hosing websites, instead they actively curate the content that users are allowing to see, censoring users for arbitrary reasons and without granting opportunity for recourse.
President Trump attempted to pass an executive order adjusting this abuse of Section 230 during his last months in office, but then-FCC chairman Ajit Pai, after previously supporting the decision, killed it on January 7.
Had Florida managed to pass legislation regulating tech platforms as though they were common carriers, then Trump, being a Florida resident, would have been on much stronger legal footing in his standoff. Unfortunately, Florida Republicans failed to pass just such a bill, and what small bill they did get through was blocked by a federal judge.
Author: Anne Pearson