Florida congressional candidate Laura Loomer, represented by former Congressman Bob Barr, has filed a RICO case against Twitter, alleging that tech companies engage in racketeering behavior when they blacklist prominent users and politicians from their platforms.
The complaint alleges that Facebook and Twitter have engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, including by violating a number of federal criminal laws, including “interference with commerce by threats or violence” and “providing material support or resources to terrorist organizations.”
The complaint can be read in full here.
Loomer is banned from virtually all platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, PayPal, GoFundMe, Venmo, and Clubhouse.
She won the Republican primary to contest Florida’s 21st congressional district in 2020, losing to Democrat Lois Frankel. She is currently contesting the Republican primary to run for Congress in Florida’s 11th congressional district.
In a statement, Loomer’s attorney, Bob Barr, said tech platforms made false promises of free speech to their users.
“I am no stranger to the robust political debate that is so crucial to a well-functioning democracy,” said Barr. He added, “It is noisy and at times unpleasant, but absolutely essential to our freedom as Americans. We cannot allow companies like Facebook and Twitter to decide who gets to say what in the digital town square and still claim to live in a free society, particularly when those companies reap significant financial gain from advertising on their platforms based on the promise of uncensored speech, and then turn around and do precisely what they promised not to do.”
“The freedom of future generations of Americans depends on standing up to social media giants now, while we still can.”
Loomer previously filed a case against Twitter and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), but it was dismissed in November 2020.
Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.