Tulsi Now, Inc. the campaign committee for Tulsi Gabbard (HI-D) has announced that they filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating her free speech. Rep. Gabbard took to twitter to condemn the behavior of the big tech company for the suspension of her campaign advertising account for a total of six hours following the first presidential debate:
The Congresswoman went on the lament just how ‘dangerous Google’s dominance over internet search is’, as is the ‘increasing dominance of big tech on our social discourse.’
Google claims the account was flagged for ‘suspicious activity’ which coincided with a key time after the first Democrat primary during which candidates expect increased interaction with the public.
According to the Washington Examiner:
“The lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles federal court Thursday, alleges that Google violated Gabbard’s free speech rights, silencing her campaign at a crucial time when Americans were searching for her online. The Hawaii congresswoman, polling in the low single-digits in most national polls, won notice at the June 26 from a tense exchange with fellow Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio over foreign policy. Gabbard’s brand of non-interventionist foreign policy distinguishes the Army National Guard veteran from much of the Democratic field, though she’s drawn significant criticism for allegedly going soft on Syrian strongman Bashar Assad.
Gabbard’s presidential campaign claims she was the most searched candidate on Google during the first post-debate hours.
Just as her Google traffic was spiking, her Google ad account was taken offline, the campaign contends.
“For hours, Tulsi’s campaign advertising account remained offline while Americans everywhere were searching for information about her,” the campaign said in a statement. “During this time, Google obfuscated and dissembled with a series of inconsistent and incoherent reasons for its actions. In the end, Google never explained to us why Tulsi’s account was suspended.”
Gabbard is a vocal proponent of breaking up tech monopolies, warning that Big Tech companies take away “civil liberties and freedoms in the name of national security and corporate greed.” Her campaign says that makes timing of the ad-blocking episode highly suspicious.” – Washington Examiner
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. #TULSI2020 pic.twitter.com/TvQSM9sCeS
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) September 10, 2019
Tulsi appeared last week with Dave Rubin of the Rubin Report to discuss the lawsuit and identity politics among other things: