Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google After They Temporarily Suspend Her Ad Account

Thursday, Democrat Rep. and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced her plans to sue Google, alleging that the tech titan violated her freedom of speech by muffling her ads online.

Gabbard is now accusing Google of having censored her ads immediately following the first Democrat debate, during which she experienced a surge of popularity online, becoming the most searched-for candidate among the crowded field of Democrats.

Additionally, Gabbard also claims that Google intentionally funneled her campaign emails into peoples’ “junk mail” or “spam” folders, preventing possible voters from accessing her message.

Further, the Hawaii Rep. and military veteran Gabbard says Google temporarily suspended her campaign’s advertising account in June.

In response, a spokesperson for Google attempted to refute Gabbard’s claims, and said the company has “automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts,” which was attributed to the suspension of the campaign’s advertising account.

According to Gabbard’s legal complaint, “Tulsi seeks to stop Google from further intermeddling in the 2020 United States presidential election.”

“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values,” Gabbard said.

The 2020 contender continued, “This is a threat to free speech, fair elections, and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”

In a subsequent statement, members of Gabbard’s campaign team reportedly said “Big tech’s dominance represents a clear and present danger to our democracy.”

Gabbard’s lawsuit against Google is unprecedented, and is the first time a US presidential candidate has brought forth legal action against a tech company citing such allegations.

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Earlier in July, Google faced scathing scrutiny from Senate Republicans over claims of anti-conservative censorship and bias, during which Ted Cruz bluntly explained “Google can, and often does, control our discourse.”

In response to the growing criticism, Google has repeatedly attempted to fend off allegations of bias, with the company’s VP of global government affairs, Karan Bhatia, recently stating “We are not censoring speech on our platforms.”