Following a three-part report on CNN by Project Veritas, the organization’s founder, James O’Keefe, was permanently suspended from Twitter.
According to Twitter, the account was removed and will not be reinstated because the user violated community guidelines by allegedly operating fake accounts. O’Keefe denies this and plans to sue Twitter for defamation, stating, “Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed on Monday.” Harmeet Dhillon is an attorney working with O’Keefe and the pair recently won a defamation case against the New York Times.
In a statement, O’Keefe wrote, “The tyranny of Twitter who lied with malice about me and admitted misinformation from CNN after we exposed CNN’s political agenda and the propaganda they push instead of reporting the news. Twitter can try to erase us but they cannot change what our insider captured – watch the CNN recordings and make up your own mind.” In the recordings released earlier this week, Charlie Chester, a technical director for CNN, privately admitted that his employer published ‘propaganda’ regarding the 2020 Presidential Election, stating, “Our focus was to get Trump out of office,” among other claims including the outlet’s practice of ‘manipulation.’
O’Keefe’s Twitter ban is unsurprising, as his organization, Project Veritas, was previously barred from the platform. Big Tech companies have recently come under fire for their ability to moderate users with little to no standard. While community guidelines are referenced when a user is moderated, these rules are subject to change by the day. Therefore, users, particularly those in the conservative movement, are concerned about inconsistencies and the potential attack on freedom of speech.
“Big Tech’s massive power to deliver and control the information flow in America gives it ‘common carrier’ status,” said Mike Davis, founder of the anti-230 Internet Accountability Project. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter “have a different responsibility than other companies—the responsibility to avoid viewpoint discrimination and to protect the free-speech rights of its users.”
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