The announcement – The former president announced his decision to take legal action against Big Tech at a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “We are calling for an end to the blackout, a ban you know well” because, continues Trump: “If they can do it to me, they can do it to anyone. Freedom of speech is a God-given right“. The two social networks, in fact, have decided to obscure his profile following the assault on the Capitol on 6 January.
The Big Tech tre – According to the platforms, the attack by Trump supporters on the Congress building was the direct consequence of the then president’s words. To avoid further incitement to violence, Twitter has censored the @realDonaldTrump profile indefinitely, while Facebook expects the block for the next two years. The involvement in the lawsuit of the most used search engine in the world, on the other hand, derives from a friction that has been going on for several years. According to Trump, in fact, searching for “Trump News” on Google would only result in news coming from “fake news media”.
Support received – Trump’s legal action is backed by America First Policy Institute, a non-profit organization that continues to pursue the former president’s policies. CEO, Linda McMahon, was the director of the small business agency during her administration and now, through her organization, she will proceed with a series of legal battles not only against the three media but also against government officials.