Gabbard Campaign Sues Google Over Suspending Ads, Suppressing Free Speech

Search engine giant Google is denying wrongdoing after being sued for $50 million for allegedly undermining Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-Hawaii) campaign by suspending its online advertising after Gabbard’s attention-grabbing performance in the first candidates’ debate June 26. “We filed a lawsuit against Google because no tech monopoly or any other entity should have the undue influence to suppress freedom of speech and unfairly impact elections. If Google can do it to me, they can do it to you,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter on Sept. 10. The lawsuit comes as social media providers and popular websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube have come under increasing attack for viewpoint-based discrimination against users particularly, conservatives. But this is thought to be the first lawsuit filed by a presidential candidate against a major technology company. Gabbard and presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have said they want big technology concerns such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon to be broken up.

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