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Trump amends Big Tech lawsuit as 65,000 Americans submit censorship stories

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has amended its class action lawsuit against Big Tech to include additional censorship stories provided by additional representatives and everyday Americans.

According to the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), Trump’s July 7 lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google is adding “extra censorship experiences” from some of the nearly 65,000 people who submitted them to the institute.

“Revised complaints were filed last night in Big Tech’s lawsuits against Facebook, Inc., Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Inc., Jack Dorsey, Google LLC and Sundar Pichai,” AFPI said in a July 28 statement.

AFPI said, “Since the initial filing on July 7, 2021, approximately 65,000 Americans have submitted their stories of censorship to through America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) Constitutional Litigation Partnership (CLP). “

Trump outlined his plans for legal action in a July 7 press conference, saying he expects thousands to attend his trial. Several people invited to speak at the press conference shared their experiences about the amount of censorship by social media platforms.

“Joining us this morning are just a few of the many Americans who have been illegally banned or silenced under a corrupt regime of censorship,” Trump said at the time.

“These brave patriots are involved in the trial and thousands more are joining as we speak. Thousands more. They all want to be involved. It will, I think, go down as the biggest class action ever recorded,” Trump predicted.

AFPI said in its statement that Trump’s revised complaint “includes additional censorship experiences and includes additional class representatives, including Dr. Naomi Wolf and Wayne Allin Root—individuals on opposite ends of the political spectrum who are bipartisan people.” highlight the need to protect the ideas and voices of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.”

Wolf, a longtime liberal and former adviser to the political campaigns of both Bill Clinton and Al Gore, told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” in a recent interview that a growing number of people banned from the Big Tech platform are on their own. leading towards. censorship

Wolf, who was banned by Twitter in June for sharing so-called misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, said the “chilling effect” of his ban on other journalists is clear as some have reached out to him directly.

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“I’ve gotten a lot of emails from other journalists saying, ‘I really admire you, I’m sorry you were de-platformed.’ And when I say ‘Well, can you say that in public?’ He universally said ‘I would, but I’m really afraid of being de-platformed.’ And I have seen self-censorship in the wake of some high-profile de-platforming of journalists,” she said.

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Naomi Wolf attends the “Fade Up” premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Rommel Damano/Getty Images)

Trump said in a July 7 press conference that his suit focused on protecting the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

“We are asking the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to immediately put an end to the illegal, shameful censorship of social media companies by the American people, and that is exactly what they are doing,” the former president said.

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“We are demanding an end to the shadow ban, a ban on silence, and a ban on blacklisting, deportation, and cancellation, which you know well. Our case will prove that this censorship is illegal, it is unconstitutional. , and it is completely un-American,” Trump said as he found himself banned from major social media platforms after the January 6 Capitol riots.

Twitter, Facebook and Google said in January that they banned Trump over his claims that the November 3 election was stolen and alleging that he contributed to the January 6 violence. Twitter executives have said Trump’s ban will be permanent, Facebook banned the former president’s account for two years, and Google-owned YouTube has said it will ease his suspension until it is determined. Be that “the risk of violence is reduced.”

The lawsuits involved Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, as well as the companies themselves. Trump said the trial would seek a court award for punitive damages over the suspension.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.


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