(USA Features) In his ongoing battle with the titans of big tech, former President Donald Trump is heading to court in an attempt to regain his online presence.
In a series of filings Monday, Trump asked federal courts in Florida to issue a preliminary injunction in his case against YouTube in order to compel the tech giant to reinstate his access to the platform.
In addition, attorneys for the former president said they plan to made additional requests in lawsuits he has filed against Twitter and Facebook in the weeks to come, the New York Post reported.
“The request for a preliminary injunction against YouTube argues that a failure to issue one would result in irreparable harm to both Trump as a potential political candidate in the future and the Republican Party as a whole, court documents dated Monday show,” The Post said.
“Notably, the injunction would allow Trump to continue selling merchandise on YouTube, potentially critical to political fundraising efforts.”
Last month, Trump filed class-action lawsuits against all three of the tech giants, in which he is seeking unspecified damages for alleged violations of the First Amendment he said could amount to “trillions” of dollars.
The suits filed by Trump were coordinated with the America First Policy Institute, founded by members of his former administration. The legal organization was granted nonprofit status as a charity by the IRS in May.
Three suits filed in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also ask judges to toss out highly controversial immunity protections contained in the 1996 Communications Decency Act under Section 230 granting internet companies by declaring the law unconstitutional.
The executive director of AFPI’s Constitutional Litigation Partnership, Katie Sullivan, says that YouTube and other platforms have “inconsistently applied their terms and services and their community standards.”
“What they do is say, ‘Hey, look, we have this free and open community you should join where you can share political thought, updates on family, or even have the ability to make a living,'” she said.
“But the defendants do not apply their rules evenly or consistently — they censor specific voices and thought so that other users only hear one side of a story,” Sullivan told The Post in a phone interview.
“They encourage users to become reliant on them as one of their main vehicles of communication and in many cases livelihood and now defendants are choosing the winners and losers of society,” she added.
Judge K. Michael Moore, who was appointed by President George H. W. Bush, is presiding over the suit against YouTube in the Southern District of Florida, The Post reported.
The lawsuit argues that YouTube booting Trump “is a violation of the First Amendment because the company was coerced to do so by members of Congress, especially Democratic politicians,” The Post added.
By not living up to their own policies and standards and by applying them unevenly, YouTube is guilty of violating the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, the suit argues.
“President Trump being taken down and the Taliban staying up on Twitter is kind of a perfect example,” Sullivan said. ““I mean that’s just low-hanging fruit right there.”