The politician has filed a massive lawsuit against Google as she believes that the company silenced her
The Hawaii representative, Tulsi Gabbard, decided to file a $50 million lawsuit on Thursday. And it’s against Google! She is accusing the company of “silencing” her. But how could they? Well, this is how – According to her, they suspended her Google Ads account for several hours just after the first democratic debate on 28 June.
Was Tulsi Gabbard really silenced by Google ads?
Gabbard filed this million-dollar suit in a federal court at Los Angeles. She said that Google had violated her First Amendment rights. Additionally, she quoted that her free speech rights under the California constitution stood violated too.
Not so fair?
In fact, her account suspension might have led to a massive loss as people would have been searching her name after the democratic debate on 28 June. Moreover, she claims that Gmail discriminates her campaign’s emails and marks them as spam at a much higher rate than any other candidates.
This is what Tulsi Gabbard’s suit states, “The company has been criticized by many on the right for censoring content that favors conservative viewpoints. However, Google’s favoritism of political and policy ideas is more nuanced and self-serving. Simply put, Google supports viewpoints, political causes, and candidates that favor its policy positions over those that do not.”
Her suit went on to express the concern that Google has unaccounted power to change the course of politics, “Google’s arbitrary and capricious treatment of Gabbard’s campaign should raise concerns for policymakers everywhere about the company’s ability to use its dominance to impact political discourse, in a way that interferes with the upcoming 2020 presidential election. In this case, Google has sought to silence Tulsi Gabbard, a presidential candidate who has vocally called for greater regulation and oversight of (you guessed it) Google. But this could happen to any candidate running in any election.”
Later, Google issued a statement Gabbard’s account was only shortly suspended. And the reason that they cited was “unusual activity.” The company denied that it had anything to do with her political views.
“We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts — including large spending changes — in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers,” a Google spokeswoman quoted. “In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology.”
So, what are your views on the topic? Is it a political stunt? Or is Tulsi Gabbard really a victim of discrimination? Share your views in the comments section below.