Proud Boys Founder Files Defamation Lawsuit Against SPLC
Proud Boys Founder Sues Over Hate-Group LabelGavin McInnes, the founder of the far-right, all-male group Proud Boys, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center.
SPLC has labeled the Proud Boys a hate group and has published a series of articles with examples of racist, misogynistic and transphobic quotes.
Here is a copy of the suit.(CN) – The founder of the far-right group the Proud Boys filed a lawsuit Monday claiming the Southern Poverty Law Center’s designation of the organization as a hate group has derailed his career.
In a 61-page defamation lawsuit filed in Montgomery, Alabama, federal court, Gavin McInnes, who also co-founded Vice Media, said SPLC is now using the reputation it forged during the struggle for civil rights to smother people that are out of step with its political views.
The lawsuit brought by lead attorney G. Baron Coleman in Montgomery describes McInnes, a resident of Winchester County, New York, as a humorist, social critic and television personality that is “understood widely as satirical, meant for grownups and the ‘rebellious.’”
But SPLC’s action of labeling him as aligned with a hate group was, according to the complaint, a “deplatforming and defunding campaign” that prevented McInnes from taking online bank payments, using crowdfunding services, speaking at venues and having a robust online platform.
It also allegedly caused him to lose his job at Blaze TV.
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112. Thus, SPLC’s deplatforming strategy extends beyond mere mailing and online campaigns and the placement of hapless targets on the Hate Map. SPLC’s deplatforming program is depends on the cooperation of a cowed corporate sector, virtue-signaling social media managers, and a technocratic strangle-hold on virtually every organ of public and political influence in the United States.
113. According to a June of 2018 report by Peter Hasson, four of the world’s biggest social media platforms – Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter – have established working partnerships with SPLC, which is deems an “external expert” that “informs” the platforms’ “hate speech policies.”
114. Upon information and belief, the application of an SPLC Hate Designation automatically renders a charity “ineligible” for Amazon Smile donations.
115. Similarly, Twitter lists SPLC as a “safety partner” and acknowledges that SPLC advises Twitter, in a manner not disclosed by either Twitter or SPLC, to combat “hateful conduct and harassment.”
116. Google, which owns YouTube, uses SPLC to help police “hate speech” on YouTube as part of YouTube’s “Trusted Flagger” program.
117. As shown below in specific reference to how the SPLC’s attack on Mr. McInnes affected him, SPLC exerts similar influence on numerous other online platforms and payment platforms.
On information and belief, being victimized by application of an SPLC Hate Designation renders a company or individual almost certain to be banned by Twitter, Google and their related services and platforms.
The discovery phase alone could be a major shit show for the "four of the world’s biggest social media platforms – Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter" The email trails alone could be...interesting.
Okay, back to the 2nd article...
As for SPLC, its president Richard Cohen issued a statement saying, “To paraphrase FDR, judge us by the enemies we’ve made. Gavin McInnes has a history of making inflammatory statements about Muslims, women, and the transgender community. The fact that he’s upset with SPLC tells us that we’re doing our job exposing hate and extremism. His case is meritless.”
Meanwhile, McInnes’ lawyers are seeking to raise $250,000 for his legal fight against SPLC. By Monday evening, a little over $10,000 had been raised.
In a message on the fundraising website, McInnes wrote that SPLC was simply fundraising to make money, which it uses to influence what can be said online.
“This power and influence has embedded the SPLC into big tech and their new ‘Change the Terms’ campaign positions them to start deciding who can say what on social media and beyond,” McInnes wrote. “It already has. I want to get into it with these guys. I want to learn exactly who is taking orders from them. I don’t like what they’re doing to this country.”