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Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday filed lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google, as well as their CEOs, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.
The lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, allege the California-based social media platforms violated the right to freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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.
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.
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.
“This complaint is hard to even make sense of,” said Paul Gowder, a professor of law at Northwestern University.
Trump sought to portray the social media companies as subject to the same First Amendment requirements as government entities when it comes to censorship, but Gowder said nothing in the lawsuits “even comes close to turning social media companies into government actors.”
A federal judge in Florida last week 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.
Corps members should have one year military training after NYSC service to carry guns ,says Governor
Governor of Taraba state,Darius Ishaku has recconended that the National Youth Service Corps Scheme should be a two-year programme so that corps members can undergo military training.
Speaking during a programme on Channels Television on Wednesday,
The Taraba governor said this on Wednesday ,explaining that at the end of the military training, ex-corps members would be able to carry guns to defend themselves.
He noted that since the government cannot provide adequate security, citizens should be engaged to protect themselves.
“If you leave me, the NYSC, I will say it should be two years — one year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now,” he said.
“[This is] so that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle a gun, can know how to defend himself, just like it is done in other countries like in Israel, Lebanon and other places.
“You must engage your citizens to be proactive when you cannot provide the security. You must allow them to protect themselves. Constitution or no constitution, you must first be alive.”
The governor also asked the federal government to train those residing in border communities on how to use guns so that they can protect themselves against banditry and kidnapping.
Ishaku said such communities should not be left to the whims and caprices of gunmen, if the government can’t protect them.
“I will still request the federal government that those who are at the border regions and those villages that are hard to reach, they must teach them how to use guns to protect themselves,” he said.
“You can’t leave human beings like that — at the whims and caprices of somebody who moves with an AK-47. This is wrong. They should train 10 or 20 people in each village along the axis of the boundaries.”