[Ed. – If the suit goes anywhere, it will be a watershed moment.]
Earlier this year, Facebook booted a batch of users including InfoWars founder Alex Jones, Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan, conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson, and conservative provocateur Laura Loomer. The social media service claims they violated company policies against dangerous individuals and organizations. The company’s announcement prompted a string of Twitter rants from President Donald Trump; a bizarre, widely panned “remember us” plea from Watson; and now a $3 billion lawsuit from Loomer.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in the Southern District of Florida, the self-described “most banned woman in the world” claims Facebook defamed her by labeling her dangerous. Loomer’s attorney, Larry Klayman, a right-wing activist who once filed a birther-fueled lawsuit to keep Barack Obama off the ballot in 2012, says his client is an “American heroine” who has been smeared by the tech giant.
“When you call someone a dangerous person, you’re in effect making them a pariah,” says Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. “You’re making them untouchable.”