It gives me great pain to type the letters ‘T.r.u.m.p.’ into this newsletter again. But it seems no matter how long it is since he left the White House, he still has a way of making significant social media news.
This week, the former President made waves by announcing his intention to sue bosses of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube’s parent company. As Axios explained:
Trump announced at an 11am press conference Wednesday that he is the lead class representative in a lawsuit being filed with the Southern District of Florida.
The filing, Trump said, seeks immediate injunctive relief to allow the prompt restoration of his social media accounts. He also said he is asking the court to impose “punitive damages” on the three social media giants.
The class action element would allow other people who have had their accounts removed to join the action.
But while Trump is right in his Wall Street Journal opinion piece
this week that ‘Big Tech’ has grown unaccountably powerful in modern society, forcing companies like Facebook to let people publish obviously dangerous misinformation isn’t the answer.
What’s more, as the Guardian reported
, “legal scholars say his case is probably doomed to fail”. It’s probably best to look at Trump’s legal action as another attempt to stay relevant and look like a champion of free speech, while raising more cash from his supporters, which may or may not end up actually being used on legal expenses.