A Class Action lawsuit hits the center stage. Former President Donald Trump and his team are suing big tech giants over free speech violations. The case was filed in the district court in the southern district of Florida.
This lawsuit comes after Facebook backpedaled their censorship at the end of May and said they would stop censoring and shadow banning posts referencing Covid-19 being artificial and speaking about the “slab leak” theory. In hindsight, big tech may have seen this lawsuit on the horizon and attempted to switch tactics. Nobody is a stranger to independent fact-checker warnings that have been implemented, and most have seen posts about having posts stripped from their page. The new algorithm has expanded its search for content by looking back several years on user’s posts.
Jarred Taylor, founder of the Facebook group Drinkin’ Bros, a Veteran owned group that was created to encourage and support veterans returning home from battle, had their page shut down entirely. With over 130,000 members across the world. The algorithm implemented to dispel “misinformation” took the opportunity to mistake friendly banter as bullying and erased posts and eventually shut down the page entirely. Is it targeted and going to continue? Is it against free speech? To put it simply, yes! A technological algorithm uses no emotion, sees no context, and doesn’t have human understanding.
Trump has been battling this case outside of the courtroom his entire Presidency. He was using terms such as “fake news” to describe media bias. Trump’s new legal team consists of eight lawyers. Here are a few notable lawyers representing the case:
- John Coale gained attention being one of the first US attorneys to pursue litigation against a gas company in India that spilled gas, killing thousands.
- Matthew Baldwin is the local council and prior criminal prosecutor in Miami-Dade County.
- Frank Dudenhefer is a mass torts Lawyer. A mass torts lawyer represented clients when products meant to help end up hurting the consumer. Dudenhefer has clients in several states and has assisted in holding McKinsey & Co. responsible for its role in the opioid crisis.
“Our motion also asks injunctive relief to allow prompt restitution, restoration, and you could mention 20 other things. And it has to be prompt because it’s ruining our country,” Trump said of his request to reinstate his social media accounts and seek restitution for damages. In other words, this is going to be “YUGE!”
Trump stated, “We’re going to hold big tech very accountable. It is the first of numerous other lawsuits, I assume that would follow, but this is the lead, and I think it’s going to be a very, very important game-changer for our country.”
Facebook had recently decided to continue Trump’s ban for an additional two years, marking the projected end date of January 7, 2023. YouTube also said that Trump’s account would be indefinitely suspended until there was no longer a risk of inciting violence. Maxine waters stated at the George Floyd trial protest, saying, “We’ve got to stay on the street, we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure they know we mean business.” Following nearly a year of street turmoil, many people have been killed and wounded even more. Is there a time that Maxine Waters will be banned from social media sites?
Pending the decision from a judge or jury, the class-action lawsuit will see many others file petitions along with Trump. The outcome will undoubtedly change social media interactions for many years to come.