Steven Crowder Sues Facebook
Bill Richmond, the lawyer for BlazeTV host Steven Crowder, announced Monday he has begun filing a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. over "unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust" violations.
The lawsuit is set to be filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and will seek injunctive relief as well as monetary damages, according to a summary of the filing posted on Crowder's website.
Richmond, who is jokingly referred to on the set as Crowder's "half-Asian lawyer," was unusually straight-faced during Monday's show as he shared details about the lawsuit, which he expects will pull him away from the show for the foreseeable future.
"This times different. The reason why it's different is because we're going after Facebook based on its own words and its own premises," Richmond added.
He referenced a 2016 report published by Gizmodo in which former Facebook employees admitted to "routinely" suppressing conservative news. In the aftermath of that article, Facebook has publicly denied that it censors conservatives any more.
Richmond added that the lawsuit is "pro-business, anti-fraud," saying, "you can run a business however you want — if you were a social media platform or any kind of business and you wanted to allow certain types of content or certain types of customers in your store or on your platform, you're allowed to do it — but what you can't do is lie."
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