Posted on June 14, 2018

Twitter to Face Claims by ‘White Advocate’ over Banned Accounts

Robert Burnson, Bloomberg, June 14, 2018

Twitter Inc. lost its bid to dismiss a lawsuit by a “white advocate” who was banned from the site in a challenge to the company’s ability to exclude users it deems objectionable.

California Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn in San Francisco rejected Jared Taylor’s claims that Twitter violated his free speech rights and discriminated against him when it permanently suspended his accounts in December.

But he said Taylor properly supported his allegations that Twitter’s policy of suspending accounts, in the judge’s words, “at any time, for any reason or for no reason” may be unconscionable and that the company calling itself a platform devoted to free speech may be misleading and therefore fraudulent.


[Editor’s Note: Here is the transcript from today’s proceedings. We’ll offer our readers and supporters more information as it comes available.]