Charles Johnson Has Sued Twitter Over His Suspension

For years, the controversial right-wing activist Charles C. Johnson has threatened to sue Twitter, which banned him in 2015.

Now, following a BuzzFeed News report that revealed the internal debate behind Twitter’s 2015 decision to bar him from its service, Johnson is putting his money where his mouth has long been.

In a lawsuit filed in California Superior Court in Fresno on Monday, Johnson’s attorney Robert E. Barnes claims that the microblogging service banned his client for his political views, violating his right to free speech and breaking its contract with him in the process. In addition, the suit seeks millions of dollars of relief for alleged damage to Johnson’s media businesses. It was the second lawsuit filed today by a conservative activist against a tech superpower, following ex-Googler James Damore’s suit against his former employer.

“This is going to be a very serious case over the freedom of the internet,” Johnson told BuzzFeed News. “And whether people have the right to say what they mean and mean what they say.”

  • kkruger71

    Not usually a big fan of lawsuits but these people have been allowed to operate with impunity for far too long now. I hope both he and Damore win big.

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      In Europe, particularly Germany these companies are facing huge fines of up to $60,000,000 if they don’t remove “Hate speech” from their platforms within 24 hours.

      I’m sure some smart cookies (ie Autists at 4chan) can come up with a way to weaponize that law against them by setting up some automated system
      to flood those platforms with posts that violate the laws and do so 100% anonymously. Bash them so hard they can’t possibly comply.

      Maybe even some Google, Facebook or Twitter employees who are on our side can work within to take them down and leak inside information that exposes them or hurts their bottom line so badly they back off.

      There are people who have managed to get Twitter and Youtube accounts
      unbanned as well. These people post on Reddit occasionally. nobody knows who they are and how they do it.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    “violating his right to free speech”

    That should have been left out since it does not whether you like it or not.
    The First Amendment applies to Congress only.