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Candace Owens announces lawsuit against Facebook fact-checkers

The prominent conservative said her account has been censored by Facebook's fact-checkers.

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Candace Owens speaks at event in Paris in 2019
Candace Owens speaks at event in Paris in 2019
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Updated: November 7, 2020 - 10:56am

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Well known conservative activist Candace Owens says she's filing a lawsuit against Facebook's third-party fact-checkers after they censored her account in August.

Owens said Thursday she had previously shared a video of a doctor giving his opinion on COVID-19, which she shared to her social media. Facebook quickly issued a strike to her account because "they said only information that they agree with about COVID-19 ... was acceptable," she said.

Her account has since been demonetized, preventing her from using the page as a source of income. 

The two defendants are USA Today and Lead Stories Fact Checker, both of which are partners with Facebook. The fact-checkers apply ratings to content and apply labels such as "false," "misleading" or "missing context." 

"It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers," Owens said in a video. "I think the fact-checkers are cowards. I think [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg is a coward, and I love that I am on his platform raising money to go after his fact-checkers."

Owens, the founder of "Blexit," a movement to lead a "black exit" from the Democratic Party, is raising money for her lawsuit on her own legal website, which she said crashed Thursday night from all the people donating.

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