Trump opposes YouTube venue change request in platform ban case
Old President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas Announces Four-County Election Audit After Trump Schumer’s Demand Establishes Monday Debt Ceiling-Government Funding Bill Showdown Pennsylvania AG Suits to Block GOP Subpoenas in Election Inquiry MORE Thursday night, in a court file, he expressed his opposition to YouTube’s motion to move the case regarding the former president’s removal from the platform from Florida to California.
The case, submitted on behalf of Trump and others opposing YouTube’s decision to suspend it from the platform following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, argued that the terms of service of YouTube, including its clause on appropriate forums for resolving disputes, “does not apply to government entities,” including Trump himself.
Trump’s team argued that the case should remain in the Southern District of Florida and not be transferred to the Northern District of California, claiming that “the federal government recognizes that federal entities using media platforms social media do not have the power to bind to the standard choice of forum, choice of law or choice of venue conditions that major social media platforms have in their terms of service.
The case went on to say that there was “a strong public interest in keeping claims” within the jurisdiction of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
The filing came a day after Trump made similar arguments in another filing opposing Twitter’s motion to move the former president’s lawsuit against the platform from Florida to California.
Trump filed a class action lawsuit against YouTube’s parent company, Google, as well as Twitter and Facebook, in July, arguing that their decisions to ban and suspend it after the mob attack on Capitol Hill constituted unconstitutional censorship.
John Coale, lead counsel for Trump and additional plaintiffs, told The Hill this week after his Twitter filing that Trump could not be bound by the terms of the agreement on social media platforms, since ‘he was president and was not a private citizen at the time of the suspensions.
YouTube and Alphabet, Inc., CEO Sundar Pichai argued in his change of venue motion last week that Trump had agreed to YouTube’s terms of service by creating an account on the platform, which “includes an express forum selection clause requiring litigation in California”.
“Here, as in ‘all but the most unusual’ cases, ‘the interests of justice’ are served by holding the parties to their bargain,” the company added.
The Hill reached out to Google for comment on Trump’s case on Thursday.
Republicans and Democrats have argued that Trump’s actions on Twitter, which the former president’s legal team identified in court documents as “a key channel for official communication, âhelped incite deadly violence on Capitol Hill on January 6 as his supporters tried to prevent Congress from certifying President BidenJoe BidenTexas announces an election audit in four counties after Trump asked Pennsylvania AG to prosecute GOP subpoenas in an election inquiry.the electoral victory of 2020.
Trump was impeached by the House for his role in the riot, making him the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. He was, however, acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate in both cases.