Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is one of the Democrats waiting for party’s nomination to fight the presidential election of 2020. She has filed a lawsuit against Google on July 25, 2019 for blocking her advertising account. The lawsuit adds to several other bipartisan accusations against Google and many technology firms on the power they have for censors and gatekeepers in fields such as advertising, politics and freedom in speech. D-Hawaii, Gabbard’s lawyers have filed this case in Los Angeles’ federal district court.
The lawsuit explained that Google has blocked Gabbard’s advertising account without any prior warning on June 28, 2019 following the closure of a Democratic presidential primary debate which she had been a part of. She accused that Google gave contradictory and false causes for the sudden suspension before activating the account after several hours.
The case said that the blocking was customary pattern of Google which the lawsuit has termed as monopoly. The suit clearly mentioned that Google explanation for blocking the account at the perfect wrong time is not at all mysterious. Google (or probably someone at Google) did not want US citizens to hear the speech by Gabbard, so decided to stop her by this means.
Spokeswoman from Google, Riva Sciuto defended Google by saying an automated system must have caused the blockage. Sciuto also said that at Google they have such automated systems which flag this abnormal activity on all sorts of advertiser accounts containing those where there are huge changes in spending. This is done so that fraudulent activities can be stopped and customers stay safe and cyber-protected. The account was activated again shortly because Google happily offers ad products which help campaigns convey message directly to the voters. And Google is strict about doing so without being partial towards any political party or person.