In a new chapter in the clash between Donald Trump and major American technology companies, the former president said on Wednesday (7) that he had filed lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook and Google.
The Republican said he also sued top leaders of the Big Three – Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, respectively – on the grounds that they were silencing conservative views.
The announcement comes months after Trump suffered retaliation for the hate speech he posted on social media. Twitter permanently banned the former president in January after calling for an invasion of the US Congress during the joint session between MPs and Senators to certify the victory of Joe Biden, his successor to the US presidency. In a similar decision, Facebook banned Trump from returning to the platform until 2023.
Trump had social media as one of his main mechanisms for oxygenating public opinion in defending his flags, and while in the presidency he embraced platforms as a sort of official channel of communication with the Americans – a movement later adopted by the Brazilian. Jair Bolsonaro (non-party) and by several other leaders.
His reluctant withdrawal from the networking scene is particularly heavy now that, outside the White House, the Republican has resumed a program of public rallies in an attempt to make a new presidential campaign viable for 2024.
Announcing the big tech legal initiative during a speech at his New Jersey golf course, Trump said he had filed the lawsuits in a Florida court. He claimed to be launching collective action against the companies, but did not specify who else would participate in the company.
Last week, the organization that bears Trump’s name and manages most of his family’s businesses and one of its chief financial officers, Allen Weisselberg, were charged with tax crimes by the Manhattan district attorney. The charges relate to tax fraud on additional benefits granted to group employees that were not included in the tax returns.
Trump is still under investigation in other lawsuits. The list includes attempts to influence the results of the Georgian presidential election in 2020; inflate the values of your property for more advantageous loans; defamation of E. Jean Carroll, former editor of Elle magazine; and incitement to violence on Capitol Hill.