DONALD Trump announced he's suing Facebook, Twitter, Google and their CEOs and accused them of "destroying our country."
The lawsuit is Trump's latest battle against the tech giants after being suspended from Facebook and Twitter for "inciting" violence moments before the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.
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Why is Donald Trump suing Facebook and Twitter?
Since the attack at the Capitol, Trump received a permanent suspension from Twitter, a two-year suspension from Facebook, and was hit with bans from Snapchat and YouTube, among others.
On July 7, the former president announced class-action lawsuits against tech bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai.
Filed in federal court in Florida, the three related lawsuits allege the tech giants have violated Donny's First Amendments rights.
The suits want the court to order the media companies to let Trump back on their platforms.
Trump's legal team also wants the court to declare that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a piece of legislation that stops tech companies from being held liable for what users post on their platforms, is unconstitutional.
“We’re not looking to settle,” Trump told reporters when asked about the lawsuits.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen, but we’re not looking to settle,” he said.
The class-action lawsuit will also allow Trump to sue the CEOs on behalf of a larger group of people biased policies have censored he claims.
He claimed that thousands are joining the suit and will be the "biggest class action ever filed."
"We will hold big tech very accountable," Trump said as he accused them of a "flagrant violation of the constitution" in "silencing" and "shadowbanning" conservatives.
He branded social media sites as the "de facto arm of censorship by the federal government" and said they had been "weaponized."
Trump also said the suit would be "a gamechanger for our country in the battle in defense of the first amendment.
"I'm confident we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time for freedom of speech," the former president continued.
Who is Trump's attorney?
The America First Policy Institute supports the legal effort, a non-profit focused on perpetuating Trump's policies.
AFPI's president and CEO and board chair, former Trump officials Linda McMahon and Brooke Rollins, accompanied him during the announcement.
Attorney Matthew Lee Baldwin of Vargas, Gonzalez, Baldwin and Delombard will be representing Trump.
Neither Facebook, Twitter, nor Google have yet commented on the suit announcement.
Will Trump run for president in 2024?
Trump has not declared his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, but he's dropped hints at recent rallies.
Last month during his first rally since leaving office, Trump addressed MAGA supporters at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, and branded Joe Biden a "complete and total catastrophe."
During his speech, the ex-president hinted again he is preparing himself for another election race.
"We won the election twice," Trump teased, prompting the crowd to cheer.
"And it's possible we'll have to win it a third time."
He had previously suggested he would confirm his decision after the 2022 midterms.
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