Denies social media giant’s claim that he’s operating ‘fake accounts’
(WND) On the heels of an explosive hidden-camera investigation of CNN’s anti-conservative bias, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says he will file a lawsuit Monday against Twitter for defamation after the platform permanently suspended his account.
O’Keefe denies Twitter’s claim that he used “fake accounts” to spread his message, calling the charge “libel.”
“I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said, I, James O’Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts.’ This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay,” the Project Veritas founder said in a statement to Fox News.
He said that while Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act may have protected Twitter from libel, “it will not protect them from me.”
A Twitter spokesman said O’Keefe was “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam.” The policy, the spokesman said, states, “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.”
However, Twitter has refused to provide any evidence to back its claim, The Federalist reported Friday.
Earlier this week, O’Keefe said he also intends to sue CNN after anchor Ana Cabrera claimed Project Veritas was banned by Twitter due to “misinformation.”
Twitter was the target of a Project Veritas exposé in January, publishing internal remarks by CEO Jack Dorsey and other top executives after the platform permanently suspended then-President Donald Trump.