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Media Matters Editor and Washed-Up Tech Guy Baselessly Accuse CJ Pearson of Deactivating His Own Twitter Account as Publicity Stunt

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Earlier this evening, after 16-year-old conservative CJ Pearson was locked out of Twitter on the heels of Laura Loomer’s protest of the tech giant, two rabid left wing activists accused him of deactivating his own account as a “publicity stunt” during a time when Twitter censorship is a hotbed discussion.

A couple of hours after the apparent suspension, Pearson’s account came back online.

The conspiracy started when William LeGate, a former tech wiz kid turned anti-Trump troll, who has a substantial following on Twitter, claimed without evidence that Pearson’s account was not suspended, but rather deactivated by Pearson himself. LeGate is now best known for photos that emerged online of his large nipples.

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“Oh, wow,” LeGate said. “You decided to restore your account? You realize people can tell when an account is suspended vs. deleted?”

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LeGate posted side-by-side photos of Loomer’s banned account next to Pearson’s suspended account, surmising that since the messages were different, Pearson must have been pulling a stunt.

Conservative activist Ali Alexander advised LeGate to retract his lie, and said that Twitter would soon be providing an explanation for the suspension, and that LeGate’s lie would not hold. LeGate kept up the charade anyway.

“Nope, not retracting anything,” he said. “I never lied, and CJ was never suspended.”

LeGate Tweeted several more times back and forth with Alexander, sticking to his guns about his conspiracy theory.

Media Matters editor-at-large Parker Molloy piled on, spreading the conspiracy to her 146,000 followers.

“This is the same guy who once claimed that Obama blocked him (Obama did not block him) and got attention for it, right?,” she said.

“Ahh it is him! This is what he does!” she continued, linking to an article from now-defunct Gawker. 

Big League Politics spoke with Alexander, a conservative operative, about the situation.

“It’s no secret that I have conversations with Twitter executives, and I’ve been one of the proponents of Twitter having conversations with conservatives,” he said. “I made it very clear to them that a 16-year-boy should not be defamed and lied about by left wing conspiracy theorists. I also made it clear to Twitter that this was their mistake and they needed to own it.”

Alexander also denounced the conspiracy theorist’s smears as an attempt to drudge up rumors about Pearson from the past.

Twitter made an official statement about the ban from its communications account shortly after Alexander and LeGate’s spat. As it turns out, Alexander was right.

“Our systems automatically locked CJ Pearson’s account in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As soon as we were alerted to the error, we reactivated it. It will take a couple of hours for the follower count to return to normal,” the company said.

BLP asked Alexander if Twitter’s explanation for the ban was legitimate, or it was just a pretext for conservative censorship.

“I don’t what this was, but it was one hell of a coincidence,” Abkar said.

Neither LeGate nor Molloy responded to a request for comment.

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Banished Journalist Laura Loomer’s $1.5 Billion Lawsuit Against Tech Giants Will Be Heard in Court

Loomer will have her day in court.

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Banished journalist and Florida U.S. House candidate Laura Loomer’s lawsuit against Big Tech will be heard in the court of law following an order in the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

Loomer is accusing tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter of conspiring to suppress conservative voices on their platforms. The lawsuit is challenging these monolithic corporations for allegedly violating antitrust law as well as the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

Her lawsuit had been previously tossed out by U.S. District Judge Trever N. McFadden, a Trump appointee to the bench, who stated that “while selective censorship of the kind alleged by the plaintiffs may be antithetical to the American tradition of freedom of speech, it is not actionable under the First Amendment unless perpetrated by a state actor.” However, Loomer was able to use a recent court ruling to resurrect her lawsuit despite the initial setback.

Loomer’s legal team, led by the right-wing political interest group Freedom Watch, used the precedent of Packingham v. North Carolina, a ruling which determined that it was unconstitutional to ban sex offenders from social media. The case essentially set the precedent that social media is a 1st Amendment right.

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“Many of the principles set forth by the Supreme Court in Packingham lead to what appellants believe is the natural progression of the law to hold that social media companies are liable for First Amendment violations, given the progression of technology and its infiltration into the daily lives of nearly every single person,” Loomer’s team said in their final brief presented to the court.

Loomer points to Twitter banning her from the platform at the end of 2018 after she said that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) adheres to a religion in which “women are abused” and “forced to wear the hijab.” She was similarly banned from Instagram for her assertion that Islam is “a cancer on humanity,” and Facebook, which owns Instagram, quickly followed suit and banned her even though the offending post was not made on that platform.

Loomer still cannot get her accounts restored despite the fact that she is running for the U.S. House in Florida’s 21st Congressional District, which could be considered a form of electoral interference.

Through her legal fight against the tech giants, Loomer is forcing them to reveal that they are no longer neutral platforms:

The tech behemoth Facebook has admitted that it is a publisher while defending its arbitrary censorship of banished journalist Laura Loomer, according to court documents.

Facebook banned Loomer’s account from their platform during a purge of popular conservative voices that happened in May. Others targeted by the purge included Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson. Loomer is striking back with a lawsuit that is unearthing some interesting revelations about the social media monolith.

“Under well-established law, neither Facebook nor any other publisher can be liable for failing to publish someone else’s message,” Facebook’s attorneys wrote.

Facebook actually has the audacity to claim that their 1st Amendment rights are being violated by Loomer’s lawsuit, in a total contorting of reality. They have filed a motion to dismiss the case.

“She claims Facebook labeled her as a ‘dangerous’ person who promotes hate – yet, the First Amendment has long protected such statements because they are opinions that are not capable of being proven true or false,” Facebook’s attorneys claim in their dismissal motion.

Right now, Facebook is protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from being held liable for the content published on their platform. This special exemption worked fine when the social network engaged in relative neutrality, but those days are no more as Big Tech is at war with conservative and pro-Trump voices.

Loomer hopes to have her ability to communicate fully restored and to make Big Tech pay for infringing on her basic rights.

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