A GOP House candidate recently announced that they’ve decided to sue Big Tech giant Facebook.
Jarome Bell, a candidate in Virginia’s 2nd District, is suing them for 3 reasons.
Anti-Christian censorship, electioneering, and breach of contract.
America First conservative and 2022 candidate for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District, Jarome Bell is suing Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg in federal court on charges of anti-Christian censorship, electioneering, and breach of contract, accusing the big tech giant of using Soviet-style tactics to stifle speech and information at odds with their left-wing agenda and directly interfere in America’s elections.National File
This should be an interesting lawsuit, especially following so soon after President Trump’s lawsuit.
Bell was motivated to sue them after being censored on the platform and eventually banned.
Here are some more details on his lawsuit.
Bell, a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, filed his suit against Facebook in the Eastern District of Virginia, requesting a trial by jury on grounds that Facebook has violated his 1st Amendment rights while committing flagrant abuse of Section 230 of the federal Communication Decency Act.
Bell also accuses Facebook of breach of contract, breach of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, and of violating the Virginia and California Deceptive Trade Practices Acts. He is seeking a declaratory judgment on the matter, giving the case potentially far-reaching implications.National File
Bell also made some other interesting comments in the lawsuit.
Facebook is reminiscent of a “Soviet telephone operator interrupting a phone call,” Bell’s filing asserts. “Allowing only for ideas Mark Zuckerberg wants to propagate to be distributed.”
“The ultimately creepy behavior of Facebook is incompatible with its promise: To allow we the users to talk to each other just as with the telephone company,” Bell’s suit continues, tying Facebook and big tech to the Democrat Party and their efforts to influence and alter election results, and accusing Facebook of hiding behind a twisted interpretation of Section 230 to do so.
“Nothing in Facebook’s contract or Section 230 gives it a roving commission to decide what is true or false, and Facebook’s track record shows that Facebook is not very good at it, either,” says Bell. “Section 230 is about fighting obscenity and illegal activity, not advancing leftist policies.”National File
This is a great point.
Facebook does not behave like an impartial telephone company.
They actively decide what can and cannot be said, and ban those who express the wrong opinions.
Bell also exposed Facebook’s hypocrisy.
While Facebook removes posts like the ones exemplified in Bell’s press release, the Congressional candidate and former Navy Chief points out that the social media network has no problem allowing “outrageous and intentionally offensive posts against Christians” to be posted and to remain on the platform, with Facebook claiming that the posts do not violate community standards.
“Political posts by conservatives are censored, but posts intending to insult conservatives or Christians are left up,” the press release states.National File
It will be interesting to see whether this lawsuit is taken seriously by the courts.
It should be, because Big Tech is out of control when it comes to censoring the speech of conservatives.