Some of you may have heard the exciting news that the former guy, #45, is suing Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Just so you all know, it’s a publicity stunt, not a legal strategy.
Here are all the reasons why the suit will go nowhere:
- Twitter, Facebook, and Google are private companies. The First Amendment doesn’t apply to them. It applies to government censorship.
- Trump had to agree to the Twitter, Facebook, and Google terms of conditions, just like you and me, when he signed up.
- Google didn’t “kick him off” anything. Apparently Trump just doesn’t like some of the search results.
- The famous “section 230” has nothing to do with whether Trump should be on Twitter or Facebook.
- If section 230 were to be repealed, it would actually force Twitter and Facebook to unload Trump so that they would not be liable, for example, for Trump’s defamation of the character of women who have accused him of sexual assault. (See the lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)
- And if that weren’t enough, under their terms and conditions, Trump has to sue Twitter, Facebook, and Google in federal court in California, whereas he filed suit in federal court in Florida.
But aided and abetted by Fox News and other right wing propaganda outlets, Trump’s acolytes will make his supporters believe that there is actually merit to this case.