"The Plaintiffs do not show how the Platforms' alleged conduct may fairly be treated as actions taken by the government itself," the judge wrote. "Facebook
and Twitter, for example, are private businesses that do not become 'state actors' based solely on the provision of their social media networks to the public."
In general, the First Amendment "prohibits only governmental abridgment of speech", the ruling pointed out. With respect to Twitter
and Facebook, Freedom Watch specifically alleged that those platforms prevented Loomer from using their services.
Loomer was banned by several platforms for alleged anti-Muslim statements.
With respect to Google
and Apple, the suit alleged that those companies
were engaged in a conspiracy against Freedom Watch. The ruling dismissing the suit came on the same day Trump warned social media giants that his government could "strongly regulate" or "close them down" after Twitter
fact-checked one of his tweets for the first time.