Johnson, who has a controversial past of doxing people on Twitter, was banned from the website for a call to “take out” Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, which the site considered a death threat.
Johnson’s lawsuit comes in the wake of a BuzzFeed report about the site’s decision to ban Johnson, which he called “a political make undertaking on a politically disfavored individual.” In the emails revealed by BuzzFeed, the decision to ban Johnson was not over” direct violent menaces ,” but rather” a call that the policy squad induced .”
Speaking to BuzzFeed, Johnson said the case had serious First Amendment implications.
“This is going to be a very serious lawsuit over the freedom of the internet. And whether people have the right to say what they mean and mean “what theyre saying”, ” he added.
Far-right figureheads on Twitter have had a tortured relationship with the site. In recent months, the website has cracked down on detest speech in an uneven fashion, and conservatives feel they are being unfairly targeted.
Numerous conservative figureheads have been de-verified by the website, which some considered to be censorship of free speech.
Johnson’s suit strives millions of dollars in damages, for the effects the prohibitions supposedly had on his media business.