Jul 7, 2021

Trump sues Twitter, Google and Facebook alleging 'censorship'

Former US president Donald Trump has announced plans to sue tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook, claiming that he is the victim of censorship. The class action lawsuit also targets the three companies' CEOs.Mr Trump was suspended from his social accounts in January over public safety concerns in the wake of the Capitol riots, led by his supporters. On Wednesday, Mr Trump called the lawsuit "a very beautiful development for our freedom of speech". In a news conference from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Mr Trump railed against social media companies and Democrats, who he accused of espousing misinformation. Other Americans who had been kicked off social media also spoke after Mr Trump on Wednesday, including one woman who Mr Trump said had posted a question "Asking" whether children should wear masks to prevent the coronavirus spread.At the same time on Wednesday, Mr Trump's Republican allies in Congress released a memo describing their plan "To take on Big Tech".The agenda calls for antitrust measures to "Break up" the companies, and a revamping of a law known as Section 230.Section 230, which Mr Trump tried to repeal as president, essentially stops companies like Facebook and Twitter from being liable for the things that users post.

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