The backlash against Big Tech’s blatant and relentless campaign of political censorship is starting to build up some steam.
Several of the major tech titans, like Google and Facebook, are facing multiple antitrust lawsuits in both the U.S. and the U.K. One of the most prominent of these is directed at Facebook and comes from BlazeTV host and popular conservative YouTuber Steven Crowder.
Crowder Gears Up to Sue
On Monday, February 1, Bill Richmond, Crowder’s lawyer, announced that Crowder would be suing Facebook over “unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust” violations.
Crowder’s website contained a summary of his legal filing, which says that he will seek injunctive relief and monetary damages from Facebook through his case. The case will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The Nature of the Suit
Crowder and Richmond say that they plan to sue Facebook by holding it to its own public statements. On multiple occasions, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was taken to Capitol Hill to testify in front of Congress, he said that Facebook does not censor people based on their political ideology.
However, Crowder insists that Facebook censored him for precisely this reason. In just one example of this, his enormously popular Facebook election night livestream was taken down with no explanation.
Richmond said that the lawsuit is “pro-business, anti-fraud,” and insisted that, in his view, “you can run a business however you want — if you were a social media platform or any kind of business and you wanted to allow certain types of content or certain types of customers in your store or on your platform, you’re allowed to do it — but what you can’t do is lie.”
Crowder’s lawsuit is only the most high-profile of a large number of others now being assembled against giant tech firms.
In another lawsuit, a news publishing company from Virginia is suing both Google and Facebook on the grounds that these companies’ alleged monopolization of the online news market threatens the very existence of local newspapers.
Yet another investigation in the U.K. alleges that Google may have pushed out competition by disabling cookies on its Chrome browser without its users’ knowledge. This would make it harder for news services to track user data. At the same time, Google still allows other advertisers to target users with personalized ads.