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Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is suing Facebook, Twitter and Google, as well as their respective CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai.
Trump, who has historically threatened but not always followed legal action, made the announcement at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club at 11 a.m. ET along with two executives from the America First Policy Institute, the pro-Trump community group Support of lawsuits.
The lawsuit, which is due to be filed in federal court in Florida, alleges the tech giants violated the defendants' rights under the First Amendment, according to a nonprofit press release told CNBC ahead of Trump's statements.
The action was revealed just over a month after Facebook decided to maintain Trump's ban on using the platform until at least January 2023. Twitter, Trump's favorite social media portal during his tenure, permanently banned him from invading the Capitol after January 6th by a mob of his supporters.
Representatives from Twitter and Google declined to comment. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump's spokeswoman Liz Harrington did not want to comment before the ex-president's speech.
The attorney representing Trump in the Facebook lawsuit, Matthew Lee Baldwin of Vargas, Gonzalez, Baldwin, Delombard, didn't immediately respond to questions from CNBC about how many lawsuits Trump wanted to file and whether or not those lawsuits have all been brought to court .
Wall Street seemed largely unimpressed by the news as stocks of Facebook and Google parent Alphabet outperformed the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite.
Facebook was last seen up 0.1% from its session high north of 1%, while Alphabet added about 0.2%. Twitter was off its intraday lows but lost 0.5% in troubled trading. Movements in social media stocks contrasted with a 0.1% loss for the S&P 500 and a 0.3% decline for the Nasdaq.
The announcement comes the same day the Guardian newspaper reported that the upcoming book, "Honestly, we won this election" claims that Trump praised Adolf Hitler to his then chief of staff, John Kelly. Trump is reported to have said: "Well, Hitler did a lot of good."
According to the book's author, Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, Trump denied saying so, The Guardian said.
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– CNBC's Tom Franck and Christina Wilkie contributed to this report.