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Former President Donald Trump is suing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for violating his constitutional rights to freedom of speech.
Trump's lawsuit accused big tech of banning him from Twitter and Facebook after his supporters attended his rally in the nation's capitol on January 6, 2021.
After the rally ended, a small faction of Trump's supporters broke away and headed over to the Capitol building where Washington DC police let them inside.
Trump's attorneys argued that Dorsey and Zuckerberg violated his First Amendment right to free speech in "illegal, unconstitutional censorship."
"We're demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well," Mr. Trump said on Wednesday. "I am confident that we will achieve a historic victory for American freedom and at the same time freedom of speech."
Twitter tested the powers of Congress by censoring the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee website for sharing a link to the NY Post's bombshell article about Hunter Biden.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) shared a link to the NY Post article on Twitter, and practically dared Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to block the link.
Dorsey took the challenge by blocking or hiding the link from Twitter users.
An outraged Cruz threatened to issue a subpoena to Dorsey to testify before the judiciary committee next Friday.
Twitter also suspended the Twitter pages of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany AND the NY Post's official Twitter account.
In a video posted on the judiciary committee website, Cruz said Twitter's censorship "has no precedence in the history of democracy."
"Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication," said Cruz. He noted that the NY Post has the 4th largest circulation of any newspaper in the United States.
"Twitter and Facebook and big tech billionaires don't get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election," he said.