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Former President Donald Trump has 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, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.
An injunction would permit Trump to continue selling merchandise on YouTube, an important part of his political fundraising efforts, according to the Post.
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 (AFPI), which was founded by former members of his administration.
YouTube and the other social media platforms have “inconsistently applied their terms and services and their community standards,” AFPI Constitutional Litigation Partnership executive director Katie Sullivan told the Post, claiming that they censor specific voices and thought so that other users only hear one side of a story.”
The lawsuit against YouTube argues that banning Trump is a violation of the First Amendment, because the company was persuaded to do so by Democratic Party congressmen.
“President Trump being taken down and the Taliban staying up on Twitter is kind of a perfect example” of the uneven application of the social media companies’ own standards, Sullivan said.