Steven Crowder Is Suing Facebook

( Facebook is facing a major lawsuit over accusations of unfair competition and false advertising.

YouTube personality and right-wing comedian Steven Crowder said he is seeking injunctive relief through his lawsuit. The host of the show “Louder with Crowder” said in a press release that he’ll also seek more than $1 million in damages for the social media giant’s deceptive practices.

He 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 goal here is forcing honesty and clarity in policy application and enforcement. 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 the United States Supreme Court.”

Crowder didn’t outline his allegations specifically. While Facebook does currently enjoy some protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, none of those would apply to the allegations Crowder is making.

Section 230 gives Facebook and other websites the right to moderate content posted on their sites, while at the same time not being held legally responsible for that content.

Criticisms of Section 230 have come from both sides of the political aisle. Conservatives have said it gives Big Tech companies like Facebook way too much power — which they have used in recent years to silence conservative voices.

Liberals, meanwhile, say Section 230 doesn’t go far enough in allowing companies such as Facebook to moderate and censor posts on their own platform.

Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for their censorship decisions in the last few months.

First was Facebook censoring a story from the New York Post that detailed leaked information from the laptop of Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden. The report was published by the Post while Biden was a candidate for president.

Facebook censored the article and removed it, even though the story was verified and true. That caused many Republicans to say Facebook was simply out to silence conservative voices.

Then, after the riot at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, Twitter temporarily suspended and then permanently banned then-President Donald Trump from participating on the platform. Facebook soon followed suit, indefinitely suspending the now-former president from their platform as well.

Many people think it ironic, at best, that both of these companies banned Trump, a president who consistently said that the Section 230 protections should be taken away from social media companies like Twitter and Facebook.

Now, Facebook will be facing a massive lawsuit from a prominent conservative voice.

It’ll most likely fall lower down on its list of legal priorities, though. Facebook is also staring down at a massive antitrust lawsuit that the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of attorneys general from 40 states have brought against them.