Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million

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Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the long-shot presidential candidate from Hawaii, said in a federal lawsuit that Google infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account after the first Democratic debate in June.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles, is believed to be the first time a presidential candidate has sued a major technology firm.
In a twist that reflects Ms. Gabbard’s unorthodox political views, the claim that her speech was stifled by Google is similar to complaints made over the last year in Republican circles. Few Democrats have raised similar concerns.
Big tech companies like Google are getting increasing scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators around the world for a wide variety of issues, including their influence on political debate, their handling of consumer data, and the aggressive way they compete with smaller companies.
Interesting candidate. I hope this gets her more exposure in the MSM.
 
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Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sued Google on Thursday. She argued that the search giant illegally blocked her from buying ads on Google's platform for several hours on June 28—two days after she appeared in the first Democratic primary debate.

"Google plays favorites, with no warning, no transparency, and no accountability," Gabbard wrote in her lawsuit. "Google's arbitrary and capricious treatment of Gabbard's campaign should raise concerns for policymakers everywhere about the company's ability to use its dominance to impact political discourse."

Google says the brief suspension was triggered by the company's automated anti-fraud algorithms.

"We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts—including large spending changes—in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers," a Google spokesperson said in an email to Ars. "In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology."

Meanwhile, legal experts panned the complaint.

The lawsuit "has so many problems it's hard to know where to begin," argues attorney and writer Gabriel Malor.

Gabbard's lawsuit also doesn't impress Eric Goldman, a legal scholar at Santa Clara University. He described the lawsuit as "terrible" and argued that there was "a PR aspect to the filing."

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more here: Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for ad censorship
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Tulsi has set herself up to lose the lawsuit before losing the primary. She is better off sticking to issues. There is no magic pill shortcut to get elected: Either be an open bigot, racist, liar or offer solutions to real issues. Suing Google is flawed because it is the "Pity Me" model. No one likes a pitiful candidate. heh heh
 
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Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sued Google on Thursday. She argued that the search giant illegally blocked her from buying ads on Google's platform for several hours on June 28—two days after she appeared in the first Democratic primary debate.

"Google plays favorites, with no warning, no transparency, and no accountability," Gabbard wrote in her lawsuit. "Google's arbitrary and capricious treatment of Gabbard's campaign should raise concerns for policymakers everywhere about the company's ability to use its dominance to impact political discourse."

Google says the brief suspension was triggered by the company's automated anti-fraud algorithms.

"We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts—including large spending changes—in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers," a Google spokesperson said in an email to Ars. "In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology."

Meanwhile, legal experts panned the complaint.

The lawsuit "has so many problems it's hard to know where to begin," argues attorney and writer Gabriel Malor.

Gabbard's lawsuit also doesn't impress Eric Goldman, a legal scholar at Santa Clara University. He described the lawsuit as "terrible" and argued that there was "a PR aspect to the filing."

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more here: Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for ad censorship
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I like this lady! She is stoopid to do this, ASSUMING, Google's fuckup was indeed 'automated'. Makes me think she might know something more.
 
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Tulsi has set herself up to lose the lawsuit before losing the primary. She is better off sticking to issues. There is no magic pill shortcut to get elected: Either be an open bigot, racist, liar or offer solutions to real issues. Suing Google is flawed because it is the "Pity Me" model. No one likes a pitiful candidate. heh heh
This rules out most of the Dem candidates.
 

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Yep, happens to some, they call foul and people mock the idea.

Happens to her and she sues for $50m.

See, it can happen to anyone.