‘Threat to Free Speech’: Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google Over Alleged Censorship

By Julia Conley | 25 July 2019

ACTIVIST POST — Arguing Google’s singular dominance over internet searches presents a danger to democracy, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a lawsuit Thursday in California against the tech giant over its alleged censorship of her campaign.

Gabbard says that for about six hours after the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, Google suspended her campaign’s ad account without warning, making it impossible for the campaign to advertise during a spike in internet searches related to the Hawaii Democrat.

Google says the campaign’s account was automatically suspended due to a billing discrepancy, but Gabbard maintains that the company was intentionally blocking her access to voters through search engine ads. Gabbard has been outspoken about her goal to break up large tech companies, her support for net neutrality, and what she views as Silicon Valley’s threats to democracy. […]

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