Tulsi Gabbard SUES Google claiming her advertising account was suspended during post-debate boost

Mail Online | 5/2/2019 | Katelyn Caralle, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 presidential candidate, filed a lawsuit against Google LLC on Thursday after the technology company suspended her advertising account following the June Democrat debates.

Gabbard, widely viewed as a longshot contender in the race, briefly became the most searched candidate on Google during the first night of the Miami debates on June 26.

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About a month later, the Hawaii congresswoman has now filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles claiming Google infringed on her First Amendment rights by suspending her campaign's advertising account.

Gabbard's campaign committee, Tulsi Now Inc., alleges that the company that runs the most popular search engine in the world suspended her campaign's advertising for six hours on June 27-28.

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It says the suspension impeded her campaign from raising money and spreading her message during her post-debate boost.

In an effort to capitalize on Gabbard's brief spotlight moment, her campaign wanted to buy ads that would have placed its website, and link to donate to the campaign, at the top of Google search results when people searched for her name.

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'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, in a way that interferes with the upcoming 2020 presidential election,' the lawsuit said.

After the campaign realized the advertising account had been suspended, workers for the campaign sent an email to a Google representative June 27 at 9:30 p.m. The campaign included a picture with an image of the notice of suspension that said it was due to 'problems with billing information or violations of our advertising policies.'

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The lawsuit said: 'To this day, Google has not provided a straight answer — let alone a credible one — as to why Tulsi's political speech was silenced when millions of people wanted to hear from...
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