Former President Donald Trump is now requesting that a federal judge take action to force social media giant Facebook to reinstate his account while the July class-action lawsuit he filed against the company, along with Twitter and YouTube for alleged censorship continues, accord to a new report from the Washington Examiner.
Trump was kicked off the most popular social media platforms earlier this year for allegedly helping to inspire the riots that took place on January 6th in the Capitol building. This latest legal action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and seeks to allow the former president access to his Facebook account ahead of the 2022 midterms and his own possible presidential run in 2024.
“This preliminary injunction against Facebook seems appropriate to file this week since they’ve been big in the news lately for all the issues they’re facing,” John Coale, who serves as the lead counsel of the Trump lawsuits against the social media giants, said to the news outlet, making a reference to a whistleblower’s damning testimony before Congress.
Trump’s accounts on Facebook and its subsidiary, Instagram, had a combined following of about 59 million.
“Zuckerberg and Facebook say it’s the 21st-century public town square; if so, they should uphold the First Amendment,” Coale went on to say, referring to Zuckerberg’s description of the social media platforms back in 2019. “You can’t have it both ways. They’re like a public utility when it comes to speech.”
In seeking a preliminary injunction, Trump’s legal team argued that by “cutting him off from the most effective and direct forms of communication with potential voters,” Facebook is “threatening irreparable damage to the Republican Party’s prospects in the 2022 and 2024 elections.”
It also says Trump faces irreparable harm and significant losses due to being cut off from his donors and merchandising platforms, as well as his ability to communicate his views and endorse local candidates, the news outlet reported.
Right-leaning publication The Washington Examiner has published a copy of the 38-page suit for those who might be interested in reading the whole document.
In July, Trump wrote in The Wall Street Journal that his class-action suit represents a larger group of people allegedly unfairly censored by improper content moderation policies devised by government and big tech working together.
The former president goes on to assert “coercion and coordination” between the government and big tech companies violates the Constitution. Trump’s team of legal experts expects that the class-action suit filed in July will find its way before the Supreme Court.