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Laura Loomer "Cannot Provide Any Facts" About Twitter Ban Conspiracy

By JESSICA LIPSCOMB, For Miami New Times, On 30 December 2020, Read Original
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Anyone who regularly trawls through court records knows that reading legal documents is typically kind of a slog. But every now and then, an indignant lawyer or exasperated judge blesses us with page-turning material that's basically a hilariously formal clapback.

That's certainly the case in the latest filing in a lawsuit brought forth by Laura Loomer, a far-right, anti-immigrant conspiracy theorist known for making Islamophobic remarks. After Loomer was banned from Twitter in 2018, she and her company, Illoominate Media, filed a court case against Florida's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), claiming the Muslim advocacy organization conspired with Twitter to have her removed from the site.

A federal judge dismissed the case last year, finding Loomer offered no proof of those allegations. Now, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed her appeal, too.


While Loomer and her attorneys tried to argue in court that she had a right to keep a Twitter account, the appellate judges found that laughable.

"Twitter's Terms of Service, which the plaintiffs do not dispute, allow Twitter to ban Loomer from its platform for any reason at all," the panel wrote. "[...] Loomer did not have legal or contractual rights in the continued use of her account."

The judges pretty much concluded that Loomer wasted their time by filing the appeal: "The plaintiffs think the district court applied the wrong standard, but that's just not so."

In a press release, CAIR said it will ask Loomer to pay its court costs and attorney fees.


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