Free Speech Social Network ‘Gab’ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
Gab, the free speech social network, has filed a lawsuit against Google after they were suspended without warning from Google’s Play Store last month.
The social network, which boasts itself as a platform for everyone and recently raised over $1 million in public investment, was suddenly suspended and removed from Google Play for “hate speech,” despite the fact that it had been available on the platform for several months.
“Free speech social media site Gab AI, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Google for violations of the Clayton Act and Sherman Act,” declared the company in a blog post, Friday. “The lawsuit stems from Google removing Gab from its Google Play Android app store on spurious grounds of ‘hate speech’ arising from posts by users.”
“Google did not accuse Gab of hate speech, but used third party content as a pretext to justify its own business ends,” they continued. “Gab, a startup, aims to bring ‘folks together of all races, religions, and creeds who share in the common ideals of Western values, individual liberty and the free exchange and flow of information.'”
Gab’s attorney, Marc Randazza, claimed in a statement that Google’s actions against Gab were “a straightforward violation of the antitrust laws.”
“Google Play and Android have monopoly power in the app store market, and Google’s apps YouTube and Google+ compete directly against Gab,” claimed Randazza. “Google’s intimate partnership with Twitter, which also competes against Gab, makes Google’s control of all Android apps available through the Play Store a serious restraint of trade issue.”
“Regardless of Google’s pretextual justification for removing Gab, the effect is that they used their monopoly power in the app store to block an upstart competitor it in the social media app market,” he added. “To the detriment of millions of consumers who value free speech.”
Gab CEO Andrew Torba also released a statement on the lawsuit, calling Google “the biggest threat to the free flow of information.”
“Gab started to fight against the big tech companies in the marketplace, and their monopolistic conduct has forced us to bring the fight to the courtroom,” Torba declared. “We are going to be outspent and outgunned, but we believe we have the law — and basic principles of fairness — on our side.”
“This may be a David and Goliath fight,” he concluded. “But remember: David won.”
In an email to Breitbart Tech, Gab COO and Global Affairs Director, Utsav Sanduja, confirmed, “Gab used the resources donated to us by the community to help us in our fight against corporate injustice and thought-censorship.”
After Breitbart Tech asked Sanduja whether Gab planned to file similar lawsuits against Apple, who also repeatedly banned the social network from their store, or other major technology companies, he replied, “Gab is exploring all options on the table.”
Classic Communist tactic: Forget or rewrite history
On Sept. 13, 1814, just weeks after they burned the U.S. Capitol, British forces attacked Baltimore, Maryland – the third largest city in America.
Britain had the largest global empire in world history, controlling 13 million square miles – almost a quarter of the Earth’s land – and nearly half billion people – one-fifth of the world’s population at that time. Out of nearly 200 countries in the world, only 22 were never controlled or invaded by Britain.
As the War of 1812 progressed, British soldiers marched toward Baltimore. On their way, they captured an elderly physician of Upper Marlboro, Dr. William Beanes. The town feared Dr. Beanes would be hanged, so they asked attorney Francis Scott Key to sail with Colonel John Skinner under a flag of truce to the British flagship Tonnant in order to arrange a prisoner exchange.
Concerned their plans of attacking Baltimore would be discovered, the British placed Francis Scott Key and Colonel Skinner under armed guard aboard the H.M.S. Surprise. They were transferred to a sloop where they watched 19 British ships fire continuously for 25 hours over 1,800 cannon balls, rockets and mortar shells at the earthen Fort McHenry.
Fort McHenry was named for Secretary of War James McHenry, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. His son, John McHenry, fought in the battle.
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