During his live show on Monday, conservative comedian and commentator Steven Crowder announced a lawsuit against social media giant Facebook. Citing “unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust,” half-Asian Crowder attorney Bill Richmond confirmed the lawsuit has already been filed and further information will be released to the public as the lawsuit develops.
“We’re going after Facebook based on its own words and its own promises,” Richmond explained. Crowder’s wildly popular show “Louder with Crowder” has been a routine target of Facebook’s political suppression, with the situation coming to a head during Crowder’s live stream on the platform during the 2020 Election. As the stream amassed a staggering 8.1 million viewers, Facebook cut off the coverage with no warning or explanation.
“Getting them to just, in a word, stop it,” he added. “Stop throttling, stop secretly throttling, stop expressly throttling, stop doing all the different things that are anti-competitive behavior.”
Crowder’s website expands on the background to the suit, stating “our broader point is that we are pro-business but anti-fraud. Facebook lured consumers and creators to spend money and provide data and views under the promise of not engaging in political, racial or religious bias in enforcing their policies, but they have done so both expressly and secretively, and hence, the suit.”
The threat of Big Tech censorship towards conservative voices has ramped up startlingly in the past months, especially following the results of the 2020 Election. During the election cycle, social media platforms instituted faceless “fact-checkers” to, apparently, stifle the spread of disinformation during the election, however, tagged almost exclusively conservative voices.
Twitter even shut down a New York Post story revealing the discovery of a laptop, once owned by President Joe Biden’s embattled son Hunter Biden, that exposed corrupt business dealings with foreign nations that evidently included the President himself, brazenly banishing the story off of the site and denying users from viewing or Tweeting the link.
Following the Capital riots on January 6th, Twitter banned then-President Donald Trump off of their platform, setting a dangerous precedent for their censorship powers.
Crowder’s efforts join dozens of other Republican lawmakers’ to wrestle down social media platforms terrifying and near-absolute control of the flow of information and ability to strike down accounts and content they don’t want on their site. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 prevents socials media companies from being held liable for third-party posts and grants them the ability to moderate objectionable content, however, today social media companies take advantage of the ruling to now moderate political content.
Often a key victim and one of the loudest advocates for free speech on the internet, Crowder finally takes on Facebook in the legal arena, a battle first initiated by former PragerU and now Daily Wire’s commentator Candace Owens, who filed her own lawsuit against Facebook’s “fact-checkers” in November.
“These people are sitting back thinking they’re the gods of tech; opinion-checkers, they’re censorship lords,” Owens announced in a video post.
“It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers,” Owens declared. “I’m going to put these suckers through discovery and figure out what the relationship is that they have with Facebook.”