The meritless suits represent a desperate attempt by a beleaguered former politician to garner headlines after being kicked out of office by voters in the 2020 presidential election and booted off the platforms he long used as his megaphone after the January 6 insurrection.
That said, there are three reasons why Trump doesn’t have a legitimate case to make.
Furthermore, there is plenty of precedent for allowing the government to restrict speech when it proves harmful. Some of the reasons why free speech may be lawfully restricted include instances of defamation, imminent and real threats, and speech that facilitates crimes and invasions of privacy, writes law professor Danielle Keats Citron in “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.” So it’s unlikely that a court would buy into the idea that companies that implement the same kinds of limitations as the government on speech that could cause harm are in the wrong.
Therefore, in removing Trump from their platforms, the social media companies were simply enforcing rules that apply to everyone — regardless of their political beliefs. If Trump wanted to use the platforms, all he needed to do was read their terms of service and follow them — though, again, it’s scary that a then-President of the United States would need a company to tell him that it’s unacceptable to support violence.
In bringing these lawsuits, Trump is clearly trying to recapture some of the attention he’s lost and rally conservatives by mobilizing them against a common foe: Big Tech. But the facts aren’t on his side. On this matter, the former president simply doesn’t hold a trump card.