At least someone is putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to fighting back against being censored on social media. Outlets like Facebook have been allowed to operate unfettered — which ironically is a good thing for businesses in general. But when a social media platform takes it upon themselves to assault free speech, we have a problem.
Conservative talk show host and commentator Steven Crowder and his “Louder with Crowder” crew, including his “half-Asian lawyer” Bill Richmond, is suing Facebook "regarding unfair competition, fraud, false advertising and anti-trust.”
“Our broader point is that we are pro-business but anti-fraud,” a statement from Crowder’s website said. “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 lawsuit will reportedly be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, where Facebook headquarters resides.
Here’s what the Crowder crew say they want to come out of the lawsuit in question:
We want Facebook to stop these practices or to be honest about what it is they're doing. Simply stated, is Facebook a publisher or a platform? They need to be open about what they are and act accordingly.
There is a double standard here. What are the actual standards by which Facebook says we, its users, govern ourselves? Facebook needs to disclose what they're doing as a business, especially as they solicit money for advertising.
We need Facebook to stop throttling pages and content and to stop favoring certain outlets over others. In a word, stop acting like a publisher or just admit that they are one. We're prepared to take the lawsuit as far as we need to, including to the United States Supreme Court.
“As we work through this process, it’s going to be long. It’s going to be hard,” Richmond said during Monday’s edition of “”Louder with Crowder.” We talked about this is not going to be something short, and likely we will be facing — in California — some federal courts that don’t want to follow the law. But we know that we’re ready and prepared to take this all the way to the Supreme Court.”
More details and developments concerning the lawsuit will be updated in the coming months.
For video of Richmond and Crowder talking about the lawsuit, watch below: