After James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas organization released the bombshell undercover video exposing the clear biased methods of squelching free speech for anyone not liberal, that was all the ammunition some on the right needed to proceed with action against the social media giant.
Among them were controversial right-wing firebrand and New York Times bestselling author Milo Yiannopoulos and Republican strategist Roger Stone. Stone and Yiannopoulos have announced that they will be filing an anti-trust lawsuit against Twitter.
Both Stone and Yiannopoulos were permanently suspended from Twitter for allegedly breaking the social media platform's "rules." Yiannopoulos was essentially banned in July 2016 after giving a scathing yet comical review of the social justice version of the movie remake of “Ghostbusters.” He was eventually mislabeled a racist following a Twitter war with actress Leslie Jones -- one that he didn’t even start.
Stone was banned toward the latter end of 2017 for swearing in multiple tweets.
Stone and Yiannopoulos both released statements concerning the proposed lawsuit.
Yiannopoulos read Stone’s statement during the Thursday broadcast of his podcast, “The Milo Show”:
We continue to explore broad lawsuit challenging Twitter censorship and the hypocrisy of their rules for online conduct which seems to be disproportionately levied against conservative voices in an obvious attempt to silence us. Verified tweeters call for my murder online everyday, but Twitter doesn’t ban them.
We believe it is time to expose their manipulation of algorithms, shadow banning and other online techniques used to limit our reach. It’s time for Twitter to be regulated like a public utility or to perish. I’m heartened that my friend Milo Yiannopoulos is prepared to join our legal action along other conservatives who have been gagged by the Twitter censors.
Here’s Yiannopoulos’ subsequent statement, also released on Thursday:
I am Patient Zero of the Twitter war against conservatives and libertarians. The company declared war on free speech when it banned me in July 2016. At the time, I appreciated the free press. But I have come to realize that Twitter’s recklessness and bias toward conservatives and free thinkers represents a threat to free speech and democracy, such is Twitter’s monopolistic grip on journalistic discourse.
Footage released this week by investigative journalists at Project Veritas reveal a defiantly biased company whose hateful and divisive political attitudes are robbing libertarians and conservative journalists and media personalities of the right to freely express their opinions in the press.
The biggest tech debate of the next decade is whether technology companies, in particular social networks, should be regulated as public utilities. It is becoming increasingly clear, given their rampant abuses, that they should. And Twitter is the worst offender of them all.
Twitter has found themselves in a firestorm that they might not be able to contain as the footage from the latest Project Veritas video is pretty damning. To read about and watch the Veritas video which exposes Twitter, click here.
For video of Yiannopoulos talking about the Twitter scandal and the forthcoming lawsuit, watch below: