Amid allegations that Facebook news curators suppressed conservative news, comedian Steven Crowder, an outspoken conservative, has filed a legal motion against the social media giant requesting information.
Crowder’s Dallas-based attorney, Bill Richmond, said in a Tuesday statement that his office has filed a petition for “pre-suit discovery” in Dallas County, Texas, “seeking discovery from Facebook regarding the actions of its News Feed curators as well as its billing department.” The action, he said, is a step toward discovering ”what, if any, legal action is necessary to address the assertions that he has been targeted by Facebook for suppression due to his conservative political commentary.”
Richmond said the Gizmodo story on Facebook’s alleged censorship of conservative news “coincides with, and potentially provides and explanation for, Facebook’s mismanagement of payments made to Facebook by Mr. Crowder and its woefully biased and unprofessional treatment of his accounts during an ongoing billing dispute.”
“Facebook has chosen to avoid any transparency in the ongoing removal of certain political posts by Mr. Crowder, ignoring all requests for explanation of purported policy violations,” the statement added. “These issues have been ignored by Facebook and its Legal Department despite repeated attempts to resolve the issue on his behalf. Facebook’s ongoing refusal to take action regarding their clear-cut, inexcusable financial errors has necessitated that preliminary legal steps be taken.”
Crowder confirmed the legal action in an interview with TheBlaze, calling his treatment by Facebook “unreal.”
“There is a lot more going on behind the scenes that I can even talk about right now, but this is an issue about transparency and its treatment of business clients where money is exchanged,” he said.
(H/T The Blaze)