Former President Trump this weekend again launched attacks on tech companies Twitter and Facebook for censoring him off their websites, this time saying these companies represent a “Democrat machine.”
Trump announced previously last week that he will be suing Big Tech companies due to them censoring him and other Americans, in violation of the right to freedom of speech.
The lawsuits says that corporations are guarded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows them to not be liable for users’ posts on their website while also letting them restrict content which is considered “obscene, filthy, excessively violent, or otherwise objectionable,” even if such content would be protected by the First Amendment.
“They are getting the largest subsidy of any company has ever gotten from the government,” Trump said during his interview on Fox News, referring to the immunity of Section 230. “They are immune from so many things, but not from this lawsuit because they are in violation of the Constitution. A violation like we have never seen before.”
In his Facebook lawsuit, Trump says that the social media website “worked in concert and directly with” Anthony Fauci and the CDC “to push only the narrative that the tech companies and Dr. Fauci agreed with.”
Trump stated that this is based on evidenced by emails between Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Fauci, which were gotten through the Freedom of Information Act.
Trump also says that Twitter and YouTube have made pushes to promote more left-wing ideas while censoring content on their platforms that are against such viewpoints.
“They partner with Democrats,” Trump said during his Sunday interview. “They are a Democrat machine; it should be thought of as a campaign contribution.”
He further showed his frustration with the websites’ decision to remove him while accounts of terror groups remain on the site.
“They allow Hamas,” Trump said. “They allow dictators that seek to destroy everyone and that are doing great harm to their nations, killing thousands of people. And they’re allowed.”
“But a president of the U.S. that has a following which nobody’s ever seen before, we are not allowed to be on the website,” he continued.
Author: Blake Ambrose