Former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against social media platform CEOs Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter today, alleging the platforms infringed on his right to free speech by banning his accounts. Filing the lawsuit as a class action would allow other individuals to make their own, similar claims under the same action.
Director of CEI’s Center for Technology and Innovation Jessica Melugin said:
“These social media platforms are private property, not the government town square, and are well within their First Amendment rights to refuse to carry speech of third parties. This principle holds even with the former President of the United States and is the constitutional right of every citizen. This lawsuit is a publicity stunt intended for political gain, not a serious legal argument.”
- Melugin for National Review: Should Social Media Companies Be Considered ‘Common Carriers’?
- Melugin for Fortune Magazine: Don’t Put Big Tech or Big Government in Charge of the Truth