Former President Donald Trump announced a class-action lawsuit against Google, Twitter, and Facebook over censorship, while House Judiciary Committee Republicans unveil a plan to break up big tech, stop censorship.
Speaking from Bedminster, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning, former president Donald Trump announced his plans to sue the giants of big tech, claiming he is a victim of censorship, the BBC reported.
In January, Mr. Trump was suspended from his social media accounts over alleged public safety concerns following the Capitol riots.
In early June, Facebook announced the site was suspending former President Donald Trump from its platform for two years, until at least January 7, 2023, CNN reported. However, the social media giant said it could extend the ban.
Mr. Trump’s legal effort will be supported by the America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit formed earlier this year by alumni of the Trump administration, the New York Post reported.
“Today, in conjunction with the American First Policy Institute, I’m filing as the lead class representative, a major class-action lawsuit against the big tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter as well as their CEOs,” Trump announced.
“Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey,” Mr. Trump said, adding with sarcasm, “Three real nice guys.”
“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,” the 45th president continued. “That’s exactly what they’re doing.”
“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,” Mr. Trump added.
in a separate announcement Republicans from the House Judiciary Committee, led by ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH), voiced the aim to hold Big Tech legally accountable for censoring Americans’ right to free speech, and force tech companies to increase transparency around their content moderation decisions.
Republicans’ legislative plan seeks to make it easier to break up tech companies in court and challenge unfair censorship, the Washington Examiner wrote in an exclusive report. Republicans also seek to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which currently gives online platforms legal immunity for third-party content.
The proposals by House Judiciary Republicans will be introduced in the coming weeks as legislation in the coming weeks following a consultation with House Minority Leader Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other top Republicans.
“Big Tech has targeted conservatives for far too long. House Judiciary Republicans have had enough,” Jordan told the Washington Examiner. “We believe that this agenda will serve as the Republican platform to take on Big Tech going forward and unite our party to reject Big Tech’s ‘cancel culture’ practices.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) was reportedly captured on video mouthing the word “bullsh*t” at a luncheon last week regarding the topic of climate change, CNN alleged.
“I don’t know about you guys, but I think climate change is – as Lord Monckton said – bullsh*t,” Johnson allegedly said. “By the way, it is.”
CNN claimed that Johnson did not vocalize the expletive out loud, but mouthed it instead.
Lord Christopher Monckton is a British conservative reported to be a climate change denier.
“It was all about creating the state of fear as they tried to do with global warming,” Johnson said of the corporate media’s reaction to the pandemic.
While not identifying “they” specifically, some infer that Johnson was not only referring to corporate media, but to Democrats, Breitbart speculated.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” Johnson continued, “It’s climate change now. Yeah. Whatever works. Whatever works that they can, you can set up a state of fear so they can step in and alleviate their fear.”
Issuing a statement to CNN, Johnson said: “My statements are consistent. I am not a climate change denier, but I also am not a climate change alarmist. Climate is not static. It has always changed and always will change.”
Johnson added that he does “not share Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s view that the ‘world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.'”