President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with the Irish Prime minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to an attack on the very platform he uses to spread his message, just like Facebook and Google, say the companies “on the side of the Radical Left-wing Democrats.”
“Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are so on the side of the Radical Left-wing Democrats,” Trump tweeted. “But fear not, we win anyway, just like we did before!”
It is unclear what Trump was specifically referring to, but the three-tech companies, which have a combined market capitalization of more than $1.3 billion dollars, under fire in the last weeks of the legislature on both sides of the aisle, including a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter by California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes.
Fox News has reached the White House, Facebook, Google and Twitter for comment.
TWITTER, JACK DORSEY, SAYS THE COMPANY WAS PROBABLY ‘TOO AGGRESSIVE’ IN THE PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN ACCOUNTS
Nunes filed a lawsuit seeking $250 million in damages and $ 350,000 in punitive damages against the Jack Dorsey-led company and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” to secretly hide it from their office, systematically censor opposing views, and completely “ignoring” legitimate complaints of repeated abuse.
In a complaint filed in Virginia state court on Monday, obtained by Fox News, Nunes alleged that Twitter wanted to derail his work on the House Intelligence Committee, of which he was president till 2019, if he looked at alleged and clear monitoring of violations of human rights by the government. Nunes said Twitter was guilty of “knowingly hosting and monetizing of the content, that is clearly abusive, hateful, and defamatory – which is both a voice and a financial incentive to the defamers – and with this slander on its platform.”
The lawsuit claimed defamation, conspiracy and negligence, and violations of the state’s prohibition against the “offensive words” — effectively fighting words that tend in the direction of “violence and breach of the peace.” The complaint sought not only damages but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identity behind numerous accounts said he attacked and slandered him.
“Twitter is a machine,” Nunes’ personal lawyer, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News. “It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes is the intention of Twitter is fully responsible for the abuse and misconduct.”
While federal law usually allows services such as Twitter libel liability, at all levels, Nunes’ said the platform has taken such an active role in the programming and the prohibition of the content, in contrast to the purely hosting — that face liability as any other organisation to shame.
FTC RESPONSE ON FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE’S PRIVACY ABUSE SLAMMED AS ‘TOOTHLESS’ AND ‘FAILED’ BY GOP LEGISLATOR
“Twitter created and developed the content at issue in this case, by the transformation of false accusations of criminal behaviour, the imputed misconduct, dishonesty and lack of integrity in a publicly available raw materials used by unscrupulous political agents and their donor/clients as a weapon,” Nunes’ legal team wrote. “Twitter is ‘responsible’ for the development of the offensive content on the platform, because it in some way specifically encourages development of what is offensive about the content.”
Dorsey, whose company was accused of “shadow-ban” prominent Republicans in the past, recently said that the company is likely to be “too aggressive” in banning certain accounts, including from right-wing activists.
Speaking on a podcast with Joe Rogan, Dorsey said the bans were likely the result of “our team, with a lack of context in what happens.” He Later added that Twitter “would fully admit that we were probably much too aggressive when we first saw it.”
Google has also drawn the ire of the Trumpet management after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel that Google’s activities in China will benefit the nation’s military.
“The work that Google is doing in China will indirectly benefit from the Chinese military,” Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Indirect may not be a complete characterization of the manner in which it is. It is more of a direct benefit for the Chinese army.”
Trump tweeted that this is “terrible,” while adding that they also helped “Crooked Hillary Clinton,” although he did not specifically mention how the company helped the former Democratic presidential candidate.
In a statement, a Google spokesman said: “We are not working with the Chinese army. We are working with the U.S. government, including the Ministry of Defence, in many areas, including cybersecurity, recruiting, and healthcare.” The statement was posted on Twitter by Wall Street Journal reporter Vivian Salama.
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Fox News’ Christopher Carbone, Louis Casiano, Gregg Re, Catherine Herridge and Fox Business’ Joe Williams contributed to this report.