Veritas founder James O’Keefe sued twitter for defamation after a permanent ban

James O’Keefe, founder of project Veritas, filed a lawsuit on April 19, accusing twitter of slandering him, claiming that he operated a fake account on the platform.
The lawsuit, filed in Westchester County Supreme Court in New York, claims that Twitter deliberately slandered O’Keefe in a statement explaining why O’Keefe was suspended permanently.
“The false accusation about O’Keefe’s” fake account “is particularly harmful to O’Keefe, who is a journalist. So his reputation for transparent and accurate reporting is critical to his career.
Twitter permanently banned O’Keefe on April 15, without prior notice or explanation. Shortly after, the social media giant issued a statement to reporters accusing O’Keefe of “manipulating a fake (twitter) account.” pdf
Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
When O’Keefe was suspended, he had more than 926000 followers. A few days before the ban, he released a series of secret videos showing a technical director of CNN talking about the network’s campaign to oust President Donald Trump and the deliberate spread of fear of a pandemic for ratings.
Twitter suspended two project Veritas accounts for a few days in February. According to the lawsuit, these accounts, namely project Veritas and project Veritas action, represent different legal entities. Twitter explained at the time that the Veritas project account was suspended because a reporter from the agency asked for a video of guy Rosen, vice president of Facebook, outside a residence. The company claimed that the video violated its rules on sharing “private information,” apparently referring to the video showing the number of the house. pdf2
A few days later, the social media giant suspended project Veritas, claiming that the account was suspended because it was created to circumvent the ban on project veritas. pdf3
According to the lawsuit, twitter usually allows similar content to remain on the platform, and Rosen’s video does not contain other details about the address of the residence, nor does it mention the state in which the video was taken. The lawsuit points to a popular CNN video in which a reporter questions a trump supporter at her home saying she is part of a Facebook group that is said to have been created by a Russian rumor campaign. The video has been viewed more than 2 million times and is still on the platform.