It was announced that BLEXIT founder Candace Owens intends to sue Facebook for its “blatant censorship” after the social media giant demonetized her page following comments she made about Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) swearing into Congress in 2017 as an “Indian-American,” according to Breitbart.
Owens stated that Facebook had suppressed her page after she made known her thoughts on Harris being chosen as presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice president for the election in November.
“I am SO EXCITED that we get to watch [Kamala Harris], who swore into congress as an ‘Indian-American’, now play the ‘I’m a black a woman’ card all the way until November,” said Owens upon hearing the news. “Fun times!”
Owens used an Associated Press image from January 3, 2017, when Harris was sworn in as a senator. The Facebook post was later labeled as exhibiting “false information,” which was “checked by independent fact-checkers.”
The AP’s assessment suggested that “Harris has regularly talked about how her mother, who was from India, raised her as Black.” The so-called “fact-checkers” now claim that “social media users [are] falsely suggesting that Harris only recently began identifying as Black.”
Owens shot back during a phone interview with Breitbart, saying “I never said that Kamala never said she was black. I said she swore into Congress as Indian-American, which is true.”
“It’s also my opinion that I’m looking forward to watching Kamala Harris, who swore into congress as an Indian-American now play the ‘I’m a black woman’ card,” continued Owens. “Fact checkers can’t tell me what I’m looking forward to. That is the blatant censoring of an opinion.”
That is when Owens announced that she would be moving forward in suing Facebook over its alleged censorship of her material.
“Facebook is now hiding behind fact checkers to censor people,” Owens said. “They say it’s third party, but these people obviously have to be in coordination with Facebook.”
“This is election interference,” she noted.
Breitbart reported that Owens had been suspended on Facebook after posting about “liberal supremacists” while providing statistics regarding poverty rates in fatherless homes. Facebook then reinstated Owens’ account, claiming that her suspension was made in error.
Owens addressed the recent move in Facebook censorship when she mentioned that Lead Stories—co-founded by Alan Duke, a former employee at CNN—had become a fact-checker for the social media giant.
“It’s a brand new company, and now it’s ‘fact checking’ for Facebook,” said Owens. “So we’re looking forward to having them through discovery.”
Owens qualified her statement by saying that she is able to get “false information” ratings removed from her Facebook page, but that it takes a lawyer to have it removed every time she elects to do so.
“Every time you get ‘fact checked’ and censored, you have to get a lawyer to fight each instance,” Owens explained to Breitbart. “Lead Stories eventually removed a false rating they gave me, but you have to go through a lawyer every time—and it’s costly.”
“All they [fact checkers] have to do is find one opposite opinion, and they can give you a false rating,” she added. “You have to send a legal letter every time to get it reversed.”
Owens noted that she intends to set up a legal fund in order to cover the cost of taking on Facebook with her impending lawsuit. “The censorship issue is real and we haven’t done enough to fight it as conservatives,” she said.
Facebook was recently exposed by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas for deliberately flagging Trump supporters and ideas that express support for the president. Facebook content moderator, Lara Kontakos, reportedly said: “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat I’m going to delete them for terrorism.”
BREAKING: Facebook Insider records coworkers Anti-Trump content moderation practices; prepared to testify over FB political bias
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 23, 2020