Outspoken conservative commentator and political activist Candace Owens is suing Facebook for claims of defamation of character.
The popular Republican said that Facebook fact-checkers, whose job is to censor misinformation and flag it to be noted so, are targeting Owens posts on the platform, which has caused a major demonetization of her Facebook page.
“Quite literally a doctor gave his opinion about COVID-19, which I shared, and Facebook issued a strike on my account because they said only information that they agree with about COVID-19 … was acceptable,” she said. “I decided I was not going to give up and sit down. The fact-checkers … are activists for the left that shut down your speech if they don’t like it.”
“It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers,” Owens remarked. “I’m going to put these suckers through discovery and figure out what the relationship is that they have with Facebook.”
Facebook, however, says that Owens launched a website as an attempt to help crowdfund her new legal battle against the social media network.
Owens is raging war against overzealous online fact-checkers, but she also has a website called factcheckzuck.com, which she created to advocate in favor of free speech; a liberty that is heavily under attack nowadays in American history…especially on social media.
“Our freedoms are being stripped away,” it says on Owens’ website. “The overlords of Big Tech are determining what Americans can and cannot say, share, like, and post. Support our legal efforts today as we fight back against Facebook’s fact-checkers, confronting those who are suppressing free speech, thought, and expression across our great country.”
According to Fox News, the commentator hired two attorneys to represent her in the suit – one of which is attorney Todd McMurtry, who worked for Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann.
The announcement of her lawsuit was made via her Twitter account, which she captioned, “Guess what?! I am OFFICIALLY suing the ‘Fact-Checkers’ who are really just activists.”
This is not the first time the author’s social media account has been harassed and censored. In May of 2019, her Facebook account was temporarily suspended, according to a Facebook representative, due to a post she shared that was flagged for violating the site’s community standards.
The post said: “Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax. White supremacy is not a threat. Liberal supremacy is.” The representative also said that the company quickly “restored Ms. Owens’ post and removed the block on her account after confirming that the content didn’t violate our policies.”
This type of censorship has been seen on the social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook and is obviously aimed at conservatives and top Republicans – including President Donald Trump. The platforms have done everything from banning pages, blocking posts that contain conservative website and links, and even falsely claiming that many (many) valid posts are incorrect. Facebook has also currently blocked the ability to even “Like” and post that they don’t agree with, which was evident during Rudy Giuliani’s speech on November 19, 2020.