Former President Donald Trump has sued Facebook, Twitter and Google, seeking to restore his online profile after he was suspended from most social media platforms following the January 6 riots in the United States Capitol.
Trump was the lead plaintiff in the class action lawsuits against the tech companies, claiming that the companies wrongly censored him. The lawsuits were filed Wednesday in the United States District Court in Miami.
“We are going to hold big tech accountable,” Trump said at a news conference.
Spokespersons for Twitter and Facebook declined to comment. Alphabet Inc., parent of Google and YouTube, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Facebook imposed a ban that lasted at least two weeks on Jan.7 on Trump’s accounts on its flagship Facebook and Instagram platforms in response to posts he made during the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a crowd of his supporters on the day. previous. Trump had made repeated false claims that he won the 2020 election and alleged widespread election fraud that was refuted by the administration’s top election security experts and lawyers. At the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the risks of the president using the services during that period “are simply too great.”