Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) launched a lawsuit against Google, one of the largest and most egregious big tech companies, for allegedly censoring her campaign since its inception using the same tools the company uses to systematically censor conservatives.
According to Gabbard’s legal team, Google has been instrumental in the censorship of her fledgling campaign. Gabbard, the only anti-war, anti-interventionism candidate running in the Democrat Party, claims Google has systematically worked against her campaign since its launch.
Her lawsuit, available online, maintains that “Since at least June 2019, Google has used its control over online political speech to silence Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate millions of Americans want to hear from.” The lawsuit goes on, “With this lawsuit, Tulsi seeks to stop Google from further intermeddling in the 2020 United States Presidential Election”
From the lawsuit:
On June 28, 2019 – at the height of Gabbard’s popularity among Internet searchers in the immediate hours after the debate ended, and in the thick of the critical post debate period (when television viewers, radio listeners, newspaper readers, and millions of other Americans are discussing and searching for presidential candidates), Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account without warning.
For hours, as millions of Americans searched Google for information about Tulsi, and as Tulsi was trying, through Google, to speak to them, her Google Ads account was arbitrarily and forcibly taken offline. Throughout this period, the Campaign worked frantically to gather more information about the suspension; to get through to someone at Google who could get the Account back online; and to understand and remedy the restraint that had been placed on Tulsi’s speech – at precisely the moment when everyone wanted to hear from her.
In response, the Campaign got opacity and an inconsistent series of answers from Google. First, Google claimed that the Account was suspended because it somehow violated Google’s terms of service. (It didn’t.) Later, Google changed its story. Then it changed its story again. Eventually, after several hours of bizarre and conflicting explanations while the suspension dragged on, Google suddenly reversed course completely and reinstated the Account. To this day, Google has not provided a straight answer – let alone a credible one – as to why Tulsi’s political speech was silenced right precisely when millions of people wanted to hear from her.
This comes only weeks after Google’s election and political interference were exposed by Project Veritas and James O’Keefe. O’Keefe revealed that Google manipulated its search results to influence campaigns both in the United States and abroad, and that the company instructs its employees on how to protest right wing policies.
Project Veritas later informed Congress of Google’s actions.
After an earth-shattering week of revelations from Project Veritas showing Google’s plans to manipulate the U.S. presidential election against Donald Trump in 2020, the whistle-blowing organization is making sure that Congress is aware of their findings.
The organization’s legal counsel, Benjamin Barr of Statecraft Law, sent letters to a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington D.C. including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ed Markey (D-MA) as well as Reps. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), David Cicilline (D-RI), Steve King (R-IA), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) informing them that Big Tech is an existential threat to our democratic process.
Veritas provided a link to the letter they sent to Sen. Cruz where they outlined exactly how Google was violating election law with their abhorrent practices.
It remains to be seen what elected officials will do to reign in Google and other big tech companies, but earlier this week, Attorney General William Barr’s Department of Justice announced a broad antitrust review into big tech companies.
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