Tulsi Gabbard sues Google over censorship

Typically you hear about censorship on social media from those on the right, but today, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced she’s suing Google.

“In the hours following the 1st debate, while millions of Americans searched for info about Tulsi, Google suspended her search ad account w/o explanation. It is vital to our democracy that big tech companies can’t affect the outcome of elections,” she tweeted from her campaign account.

#Google controls 88% of internet search in the US — giving it control over our access to information. Google’s arbitrary suspension of the account of a presidential candidate should be of concern to all Americans,” she continued. 

Google’s discrimination against our campaign reveals the danger of their dominance & how the dominance of big tech over public discourse threatens core American values. They threaten our democracy & #Tulsi will fight back on behalf of all Americans,” she said. 

A Google spokesperson told The Hill that sudden “large spending changes” that “set off Google’s automated systems.”

“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,” they told The Hill.

“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter.”

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