Saturday, November 24, 2018

Laura Loomer, far-right activist, threatens lawsuit over Twitter suspension

Laura Loomer is the latest far-right figure to threaten litigation against Twitter, taking aim at the social networking service after being suspended as a result of a recent tweet criticizing Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat.

An activist and self-described investigative journalist, Ms. Loomer said she plans to sue Twitter for punting her from the platform Wednesday over a tweet that targeted Ms. Omar, a Somali immigrant and the first Muslim former refugee elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The reason I was suspended was simply for telling the truth," Ms. Loomer, 25, said in a video statement. "I’ve been silenced in America. I’ve been silenced as a journalist for reporting the truth. It’s egregious."

Ms. Loomer said that Twitter told her that her account was suspended because a recent tweet accusing Ms. Omar of being anti-Jewish and supportive of Sharia law and female genital mutilation violated the platform’s rules against hateful conduct.

"You may not promote violence against, threaten or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease," Twitter told Ms. Loomer, according to a screenshot she shared on Facebook.

Twitter does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, a company spokesperson told The Washington Times.


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