Right-Wing Activist Sues Facebook And Twitter Over Speech Policies -- Again

Right-wing activist Laura Loomer is trying once again to sue tech companies for banning her from the platform.

In a sprawling 133-page federal complaint filed Monday in the Northern District of California, the Florida resident and political candidate appears to claim that Facebook's and Twitter's hate-speech policies violate federal racketeering laws. She is seeking $10 billion in damages.

The complaint contains a litany of allegations related to content-moderation decisions made by Facebook and Twitter -- most of which don't directly involve her posts.

Regarding herself, Loomer alleges that she was permanently banned by Twitter in November of 2018, and Facebook in May of 2019.

Loomer, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2000, also says Facebook took down her campaign page in November of 2019, one day after it was created.

She says she is running for office again this year, and alleges that she has suffered “reputational damage, deprivation of equal access to voters and campaign donations, and the loss of votes in a federal election.”

She previously alleged in a lawsuit that Google, Twitter, Facebook and Apple violated antitrust laws by conspiring to suppress conservative views.

U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington, D.C. dismissed her earlier case in 2019. He said at the time that the concerns raised in the case were “non-trivial,” but that those concerns did not amount to grounds for a lawsuit.

Loomer then appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld McFadden's dismissal. The Supreme Court declined to take up the case.

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