10 things you need to know today: July 8, 2021

Trump sues social media giants over bans, Haiti's turmoil deepens with president's assassination, and more

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1. Trump sues social media companies, accusing them of censorship

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was suing Facebook, Google, and Twitter, accusing them of wrongfully censoring him and others. Trump said he was the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the social media giants and their CEOs. Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump's accounts after some of his supporters staged a deadly attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, seeking to prevent the certification of his election loss to President Biden. The companies said Trump had violated policies against inciting violence. "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," Trump said at a news conference at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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