Twitterbanned the conservative activist last week amid his publication of content purporting to show a CNN staffer talking about the network’s efforts to defeat former President Donald Trump. Twitter cited its policies on platform manipulation and spam in explaining its ban of Mr. O’Keefe last week.
“The reason Twitter never warned Mr. O’Keefe or otherwise took action relating to his supposed operation of ‘fake accounts,’ as alleged above, prior to his permanent suspension is that Mr. O’Keefe does not own, control, use, or operate fake Twitter accounts,” read the lawsuit. “Twitter’s claim that Mr. O’Keefe “misled others on Twitter by operating fake accounts” is false and defamatory. As is relevant to Twitter’s false claim, Mr. O’Keefe only ever used his personal account to tweet links to the Project Veritas reports about CNN, as did many thousands of other Twitter users.”
Twitter declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Last week, Twitter told The Washington Times that Mr. O’Keefe was banned for violating Twitter’s rules on platform manipulation and spam. The Twitter spokesperson noted that the company’s policies prevent users from “mislead[ing] others on Twitter by operating fake accounts” and stop users from artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations via multiple accounts.
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