It’s just a matter of time before Former President Donald Trump is granted access to his social media accounts again. The blatant infringement on his First Amendment rights will never be upheld in the court of law — at least we hope.
This week, Trump’s legal team requested that a Florida judge issue a preliminary injunction in his case against YouTube that would force the company to reinstate his access to the platform, arguing that a failure to do so would result in irreparable harm to both him as a potential political candidate in the future and the Republican Party as a whole.
An injunction would permit Trump to continue selling merchandise on YouTube, an important part of his political fundraising efforts.
Trump’s lawyers said they plan to soon make similar requests in his suits against Facebook and Twitter.
Last month, the former president brought class-action lawsuits against the three big Tech giants requesting unspecified damages for alleged First Amendment violations and also asking federal judges to overturn the immunity protections granted to internet companies in 1996 by declaring Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act unconstitutional.
Trump filed the suits in cooperation with the America First Policy Institute, which was founded by former members of his administration.
The lawsuit against You Tube argues that banning Trump is a violation of the First Amendment, because the company was persuaded to do so by Democratic Party lawmakers.
The lawsuit said that YouTube’s moves against Trump started on Jan. 6 with the removal of a video about the Capitol attack and led to his indefinite suspension on Jan. 27 over what the company called “the ongoing potential for violence.”
Facebook and Twitter both suspended Trump’s accounts on Jan. 7, a day after his protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol to disrupt the congressional certification of the Electoral College results.
Still, even without a presence on social media, Trump’s messaging has stretched far and wide, often being picked up by national media, whose ratings have taken a nosedive since his departure from Washington.
It’s still imperative that Trump regain access, however, because without it, his ability to fundraise – as is his right, along with other candidates – is severely stifled.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney