A Polish anti-drug organization is suing Facebook after being banned earlier this year, and demands full reinstatement on the platform as well as a public apology from the big tech giant.
Poland’s ‘Civil Society Drug Policy Initiative’, Społeczna Inicjatywa Narkopolityki or SIN in Polish, filed a lawsuit against Facebook after it was banned on Facebook in 2018 and on Instagram in January of this year.
Their website notes that in 2018, “without any warning or clear explanation, Facebook removed fan pages and groups run by SIN. The platform had characterized them as ‘in violation of community standards'”, and that Instagram followed suit in January of 2019.
SIN writes that “Such unjustified and excessive removal of content by online platforms is often referred to as ‘private censorship’”, and calls it “particularly dangerous today, when the online environment is dominated by a handful of platforms with a global reach which have become the key channels.”
The lawsuit, filed on May 7, demands “restoration of access to the removed pages and accounts as well as a public apology.”
If successful, it could potentially pose a serious threat to the censorship campaign Facebook continued last week when it banned prominent American and British conservatives Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos.
Big League Politics exclusively reported that Facebook gave advanced notice to left-wing media outlets of their intention to ban the conservatives, and hired a woman who formerly worked for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, the Obama White House, and the Clinton Global Initiative to distribute information about the bans.
The platform also appears to believe in guilt by association, as they noted that part of the reason Jones was banned on Facebook and Instagram was his decision to interview the Canadian founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, on his radio and TV program.
Facebook Runs Electoral Interference to Stop Surging Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer
Facebook’s discriminatory practices against Loomer may be illegal.
Loomer announced on free speech platform Gab that Facebook is banning her campaign ads in what could be considered a form of electoral interference.
“This newest ban goes beyond just a ban of the Laura Loomer For Congress Facebook Page (which is required to run ads). My campaign was told yesterday that if a PAC attempted to advertise to promote my campaign, their ads would be taken down. Facebook said their new policy is that nothing about Laura Loomer is permitted on Facebook and for the duration of the election cycle, my campaign will not get access to run any of our own ads,” Loomer wrote.
“People will be banned for simply typing my name “Laura Loomer”. We have received several reports today from supporters who said their pages were suspended because the posted my donation link and my ads!” she added.
Loomer said in a statement provided to different media outlets that this should be considered criminal electoral interference because her primary competitor, incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel, is allowed to publish ads on Facebook’s vast monopoly platform.
“I’m the only federal candidate in the nation banned from advertising on Facebook. My competitor, Lois Frankel is running ads on Facebook to reach voters, and my campaign is shut out. This is illegal election interference,” Loomer said.
“If the idea of banning Lois Frankel from advertising on Facebook outrages you, you should be equally outraged over the fact that my campaign is universally de-platformed and is being denied equal access to run ads on Facebook,” she added.
Loomer is currently suing Facebook and other tech giants due to her arbitrary removal from the platform, as Big League Politics has reported:
According to Allum Bokhari of Breitbart, Facebook has demanded a federal judge in Miami to immediately dismiss a defamation lawsuit that Laura Loomer brought against them.
Facebook put forward the argument that its decision to ban her as a “dangerous individual” does not fall under the grounds of defamation.
Facebook filed a motion to dismiss where it argued that “calling someone ‘dangerous’— or saying that she ‘promoted or ‘engaged’ in ‘hate’— is a protected statement of opinion.”
Facebook called attention to how other platforms have banned her and stated that “this is clearly an issue where, at a minimum, reasonable minds can disagree.”
Additionally, the motion cited Loomer’s appearances with Gavin McInnes, another individual that Facebook labeled as “dangerous”, as a justification for deplatforming her.
Breitbart News exclusively revealed a year ago that Facebook takes into account off-site behavior to determine whether certain users get deplatformed.
Bokhari noted that Facebook engages in the monitoring of “the on-platform and off-platform activities of prominent political individuals in an internal file called ‘Hate Agent policy review’.”
Loomer aims to become the next U.S. Representative in Florida’s 21st Congressional district in spite of the Big Tech conspiracy gunning for her.
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