“They’re taking away your freedom of speech. They are taking away your right to speak. They’re taking away everything. And they get powers. They have a Section 230, it’s called, and that gives them immunity. That gives them protection,” Trump insisted on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“They’re immune from so many different things. But they’re not immune from this lawsuit, because what they have done is such a violation of the Constitution, a violation like we have never seen before. … They take me down. They take all conservative voices down, or most of them,” the former commander-in-chief stated.
“It’s a disgrace,” he declared.
Trump announced the filing of the lawsuit Wednesday at a news conference at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., saying he wanted to end the “illegal and shameful censorship of the American people.”
In the suit that seeks unspecified damages, Trump wants the federal judges to overturn Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act unconstitutional.
He claims Section 230, which shields the Silicon Valley titans from content they publish on their websites, amounts to a government subsidy and that makes them vulnerable to lawsuits because the private companies are acting as agents of the government.
“We’re asking the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to stop social media companies’ illegal and shameful censorship of the American people. That’s exactly what they’re doing,” he said.
“We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing, a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well.”
Trump said that while the social-media giants “are officially private entities, in recent years they have ceased to be private with the enactment and their historical use of Section 230, which profoundly protects them from liability.”
“It is, in effect, a massive government subsidy,” he said.
“These companies have been co-opted, coerced and weaponized by government actors to become the enforcers of illegal, unconstitutional censorship.”
Trump noted that the suits also personally target Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, which own YouTube. “Three real nice guys,” he sarcastically spewed.
Another reason is their work with the Democratic Party, Trump noted.
“They work with Democrats within government and, frankly, outside of government. They work with the Democrats. It’s a Democrat machine. It should be a campaign contribution, the largest ever made,” he said on Fox News.