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James O'Keefe of Project Veritas has been booted off of Twitter, says he's suing for defamation

Project Veritas has released video footage this week featuring recordings of comments made by CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester, including footage in which Chester indicates that he believes CNN got Donald Trump ousted from the presidency. 

Updated: April 20, 2021 - 11:37am

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Project Veritas founder and president James O'Keefe's Twitter account has been suspended the same week that the undercover organization has been releasing secretly recorded footage of remarks made by a CNN employee.

"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. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday," O'Keefe said in a statement.

Project Veritas reported that a spokesperson for the social media company confirmed that O'Keefe is permanently barred "for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam."

"A Twitter spokesperson pointed us to a section in the company's rules which state: '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," Project Veritas noted in a press release about the suspension.

Project Veritas this week has released video footage featuring recordings of comments made by CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester, including footage in which Chester indicates that he believes CNN got Donald Trump ousted from the presidency. 

"Look what we did, we got Trump out. I am 100% gonna say it, and I 100% believe it that if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump woulda got voted out. I really don't think so," Chester said.

In another clip, Chester said that while researching attacks against Asians he found that there have been many black men involved in such attacks, which would provide poor optics for the Black Lives Matter movement.

"So I'm like, 'What are you doing?' Like we're trying to like help like with the BLM ... I mean it's individuals it's not a people, you know" Chester said, adding that "the optics of that are not good." He said that "little things like that are enough to set back movements," remarking that the "far-left" will weave "a story of like, criminalizing an entire people," though he later clarified that he meant conservatives rather than the far-left.

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