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Pranksters convinced Laura Loomer to sue a Muslim rights group over Twitter ban. Now she owes them $125,000.

By By Matt Binder, For Mashable , On 05 August 2021, Read Original
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Far-right personality Laura Loomer really wants back on Twitter. So much so, she just inadvertently cost herself $125,000 in a failed lawsuit over her Twitter ban.

If that wasn't enough of a self-own, it appears Loomer's lawsuit was sparked by a prank.

The Islamophobic Congressional candidate, who is also banned from platforms such as ClubhouseUber and Lyft, was kicked off Twitter in 2018 over anti-Muslim posts. At the time, she went so far as to lock herself to the front door of Twitter's NYC headquarters in protest.

Following a slew of other PR stunts to protest her ban, Loomer decided to take legal action...but not against Twitter. Loomer sued the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

According to Law & Crime, Loomer argued that CAIR conspired with Twitter to ban her, infringing on her First Amendment rights. She also claimed her Twitter ban was detrimental to her business. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, but Loomer appealed. A three-judge panel then rejected her claims late last year and said Loomer could not "provide any facts."

"For starters, Loomer and Illoominate [Loomer's media company] offer nothing beyond vague speculation to indicate that CAIR-Florida was involved in the alleged conspiracy," read the decision.

Now, in a ruling this week, a judge has ordered Loomer to pay $123,761.65 plus $661.72 in costs to CAIR and its Florida chapter for court costs and legal fees, Law & Crime reports.

Why did Laura Loomer, who is currently running for U.S. Congress in Florida's 21st District, sue CAIR in the first place?

She Fell for a Prank

READ FULL STORY: https://mashable.com/article/laura-loomer-twitter-ban-cair 

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