(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump noted in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in which he explained his intent behind class-action lawsuits filed earlier this week against three big tech giants is to “restore free speech.”
“One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people. This is not only wrong—it is unconstitutional,” Trump wrote.
“To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop,” he added.
“In recent years, we have all watched Congress haul Big Tech CEOs before their committees and demand that they censor ‘false’ stories and ‘disinformation’—labels determined by an army of partisan fact-checkers loyal to the Democrat Party,” the former president alleged.
“Further, Big Tech and government agencies are actively coordinating to remove content from the platforms according to the guidance of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he continued.
“Big Tech and traditional media entities formed the Trusted News Initiative, which essentially takes instructions from the CDC about what information they need to ‘combat.’ The tech companies are doing the government’s bidding, colluding to censor unapproved ideas,” he noted further.
Trump’s suit targets Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet-owned Google.
The former president was booted off major social media platforms in January following the violence at the U.S. Capitol Building, which he has been blamed for inciting.
Twitter banned Trump for life, while he is currently banned for roughly two more years, at least, by Facebook.
“This coercion and coordination is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has held that Congress can’t use private actors to achieve what the Constitution prohibits it from doing itself,” the potential 2024 GOP presidential contender, continued.
“In effect, Big Tech has been illegally deputized as the censorship arm of the U.S. government. This should alarm you no matter your political persuasion,” Trump wrote.
“It is unacceptable, unlawful and un-American,” he added.