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Robert Kennedy Jr. announces lawsuit against Google for censorship

The lawsuit alleges that federal officials worked with Google to censor Kennedy in an attempt to create an environment of "political coercion."

Published: August 5, 2023 12:47pm

Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced that he is filing a lawsuit against Google for allegedly censoring him. 

Kennedy filed the complaint on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court Northern District of California against Google, LLC and its subsidiary YouTube, LLC. 

"Kennedy has spoken at length about subjects like toxic chemicals, Covid origins, and safety concerns about COVID-19 shots and other vaccines," Kennedy's team wrote in a press release Friday.  

"Google has justified removing videos that discuss such topics from YouTube by claiming they contain 'medical misinformation,'" the statement continued. "However, much of the material contained in the videos it removed during the 2024 presidential campaign had nothing to do with public health issues."

The lawsuit alleges that federal officials worked with Google to censor Kennedy in an attempt to create an environment of "political coercion."

“The government cannot censor its critics," leading lawyer for the litigation, Scott Street, said. “It cannot do so directly and it cannot do so by empowering private entities like Google to act as the censor."

"That principle is fundamental to American democracy, especially when it involves political speech. That is what this case is about. It's about preserving voters' freedom to speak, to hear, to think for themselves," the statement concluded. 

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