Candace Owens announces lawsuit against Facebook fact-checkers
The prominent conservative said her account has been censored by Facebook’s fact-checkers.
Well known conservative activist Candace Owens says she’s filing a lawsuit against Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers after they censored her account in August.
Owens said Thursday she had previously shared a video of a doctor giving his opinion on COVID-19, which she shared to her social media. Facebook quickly issued a strike to her account because “they said only information that they agree with about COVID-19 … was acceptable,” she said.
Her account has since been demonetized, preventing her from using the page as a source of income.
The two defendants are USA Today and Lead Stories Fact Checker, both of which are partners with Facebook. The fact-checkers apply ratings to content and apply labels such as “false,” “misleading” or “missing context.”
“It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers,” Owens said in a video. “I think the fact-checkers are cowards. I think [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg is a coward, and I love that I am on his platform raising money to go after his fact-checkers.”
Owens, the founder of “Blexit,” a movement to lead a “black exit” from the Democratic Party, is raising money for her lawsuit on her own legal website, which she said crashed Thursday night from all the people donating.
We do not only see this with Candice, but Prager U has a lawsuit; others within conservative circles are starting to take on Facebook, Twitter, and other big tech platforms that are given protection by the government but have abused these protections.
Even if no money is awarded, hopefully, the case of protection, as given under Section 230, will be lifted, thus forcing big tech to be more open or face lawsuits for falsely claiming what their platform represents.
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