The Alt-Right Is Trying to Crowdfund Twitter’s Destruction
WeSearchr, a crowdfunding platform for the so-called “alt-right,” is threatening to sue Twitter for discrimination against conservatives and violations of antitrust regulation.
“Twitter has a censorship problem and they routinely discriminate against white males and Trump supporters,” Johnson told Motherboard in an email. “That behavior is illegal. It’s tantamount to denying a lunch counter to a black man. Their application of their terms of service is vague.”
Ken White, attorney at Brown White & Osborn LLP and blogger on First Amendment issues, disagrees.
“WeSearchr’s claims of censorship and discrimination are frivolous,” he told me in an email. “Twitter may be ‘censoring’ in a colloquial way, but it’s a private platform and not governed by the First Amendment. It’s free to kick people off for speech it doesn’t like unless doing so runs afoul of a particular federal or state statute, and WeSearchr hasn’t cited a plausible relevant one.”