Trump For 2024 Starts With Going After Facebook, Twitter and Google
Whilst only 35 people attended a Biden rally and less than 0.001% of the US people bothered to watch it live, Donald Trump held a press conference that had the entire world sitting up to take notice.
In an event that appeared as if he had never left the White House Donald Trump announced that he was going after the people who had muzzled him in January with a class action that not only targets the social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google, but also targets the three companies' CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai personally.
Mr Trump called the lawsuit "a very beautiful development for our freedom of speech". The conference, although from his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, looked every bit Presidential, with the resort looking a lot like the White House garden's from where Mr Trump did most of his briefings whilst in office. In it he railed against social media companies and Democrats, for their espousing of misinformation stating "We are demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and cancelling that you know so well,"
The lawsuit requests a court order to end alleged censorship. something that, in part lost him the 2020 election. Mr Trump added if they could ban a president, "they can do it to anyone".
In a clever move that will give the CEO's a few sleepless nights, the former President has named all three men in the lawsuit. If they thought that banning him from their platforms would be the end of it, then they are very much mistaken. He was always going to take the fight to their door.
Mr Trump was joined at the announcement by former Trump officials who have since created the not-for-profit America First Policy Institute, whilst the creator of Trump's new social media platform: GETTR was also there.
According to Twitter, the tweets that resulted in Mr Trump's ban for "glorification of violence" were from 8 January, two days after the rioting in the nation's capital. Clearly, when it comes to Trump, they make up the rules as they go along.
At the same time on Wednesday, Mr Trump's Republican allies in Congress released a memo describing their plan "to take on Big Tech". The agenda calls for antitrust measures to "break up" the companies, and a revamping of a law known as Section 230. Section 230, which Mr Trump tried to repeal as president, essentially stops companies like Facebook and Twitter from being liable for the things that users post. It gives the companies "platform" rather than "publisher" status. "It's a liability protection the likes of which nobody in the history of our country has ever received," Mr Trump said, criticising the law on Wednesday. He added that the law invalidates the companies' statuses as private companies.