(RoyalPatriot.com )- On June 27 and 28, 2019, the Gabbard campaign’s Google advertisements account was apparently stopped for around six hours. Shortly after, she filed a $50 million lawsuit against the internet giant, claiming it violated her free speech rights and functioned as a government censor.
The ads were stopped after the Democratic party’s first presidential debate in 2020.
Gabbard, the former congresswoman from Hawaii, said at a congressional hearing on Thursday that Google momentarily blocked her access to an advertising account, stifling her budding 2020 presidential campaign.
During the first hearing of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Gabbard claimed that Google’s suspension of her campaign’s advertising account was a contributing factor in her failure to gain momentum in the polls.
She won only two delegates, polling no better than 5% nationwide, and, after withdrawing in March 2020, backed Joe Biden as the candidate.
Gabbard said she was the candidate that had the most searches of the evening after the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019, but soon after, she lost her Google Ads account without warning or justification.
She said they made many efforts to fix whatever issue could have been the source of this, but there were no replies. But then, as if by magic, her account was restored after some time had passed, once again without any justification.
But the court said Gabbard and her campaign’s failure to demonstrate “how Google’s management of its own platform is in any way similar to a government regulation of an election.”
Her case was denied.
Google’s actions made it harder for Gabbard to engage with people genuinely interested in learning more about her campaign and why she was running.
Was it an accident, a glitch in the matrix? Or was it a feature, not a bug?