Following his permanent ban by Twitter, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe continued his vow to file a lawsuit against the social media giant.
Project Veritas’ #ExposeCNN hashtag, which dominated Twitter last week, is listed in the lawsuit, which was filed in Westchester County, New York.
Project Veritas posted footage of a CNN employee voicing accusations to an undercover interviewer about the network’s blatant bias and political agendas. The videos were “trending #2 on Twitter in the United States.”
The lawsuit reads:
This is a defamation action arising from the publication of a false and defamatory statement by Twitter on April 15, 2021 concerning its decision that day to ban Plaintiff James O’Keefe, an investigative journalist followed by over 926,000 Twitter users as of the time he was banned, Twitter’s false and defamatory claim was that it removed Mr. O’Keefe because he ‘operated fake accounts’ … Twitter’s published claim that Mr. O’Keefe ‘operat[ed] fake accounts’ is patently and demonstrably false.
The lawsuit filed against Twitter says O’Keefe’s suing the company for accusing him of using “fake accounts” is totally “false and/or recklessly disregard the truth.”
The lawsuit comes after Twitter announced O’Keefe’s permanent suspension from its social network. Twitter’s representative said that the action followed the violation of rules that prohibit “operating fake accounts” and attempting to “artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.”
But the lawsuit explains:
Twitter controls and operates its own platform and necessarily has the means and ability to confirm if an individual is operating multiple accounts under aliases and to authenticate the identities of those who open accounts, and as set forth in the publications quoted Twitter does so on a regular basis,”
Given the extent of such monitoring and the prominence of Mr. O’Keefe’s account, the odds would appear infinitesimal that Twitter could have concluded, albeit erroneously and negligently, that Mr. O’Keefe was operating fake accounts and formulated and disseminated a statement explaining its supposed reason for banning Mr. O’Keefe on the very same day, and within hours, of his use of that account to publicize embarrassing disclosures concerning CNN.
In fact, Twitter necessarily knew that its claim that Mr. O’Keefe operated fake accounts was false, or had information before it which would cause a reasonable person to harbor doubts as to truthfulness of the allegation that Mr. O’Keefe maintained fake accounts, when it made these claims on April 15, 2021.
The filing adds:
“Accusing Mr. O’Keefe of misleading his readership by using fake or fraudulent Twitter accounts is extremely damaging to his reputation and imputes general disqualification to do his job as an investigative journalist by lowering the credibility of his reporting and general reputation for veracity. All the damage suffered by Mr. O’Keefe was completely foreseeable on Twitter’s part, and, upon information and belief, was intended by them or came about as a result of their malicious, reckless, and negligent conduct.”
Project Veritas released a controversial video from an undercover operation in which a CNN technical director was documented on tape saying that CNN contributed to the 2020 defeat of former President Donald Trump and talking about how the coronavirus pandemic is “gangbusters with ratings.” (Video below)
According to CNN, these videos have an embarrassing effect on the network, which insists on treating everybody fairly.
A Twitter spokesman previously stated, “As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, ‘You can’t mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,’ and ‘you can’t artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.'”
Though, Twitter did not give out more information on “fake accounts” or accounts used in breach of their rules.
O’Keefe questioned Twitter whether CNN or Time Warner reached out to Twitter regards the wake of the #ExposeCNN and Project Veritas investigation campaigns.