Congressional candidate Laura Loomer has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Twitter, alleging that the social network is illegally supporting her electoral opponent.
Twitter says that breaking the rules of its social networks warrants banning no matter who you are.
However, journalist Laura Loomer believes that now that she is a candidate for Congress, her ban should be revoked in order to maintain a fair election.
Loomer, who is participating in the Republican primaries to be the representative of Florida’s 21 Congressional District, said that maintaining her ban on Twitter is illegal since this limits her communication with voters through the social network.
Her main complaint is that her political opponents can use the platform.
According to the FEC and the FCC, all political candidates must have the same opportunities to promote their candidacy.
This includes, of course, social networks as a way to communicate with the masses, Loomer believes.
President Donald Trump has demonstrated multiple times that contact with citizens in this way has an enormous effect with voters.
Twitter is not the only platform that has banned Loomer. She is known for being one of the most banned political media commentators in the nation.
The importance of social networks
The lawyer Charlie Spies has been in charge of defending Loomer in the case.
In a statement, he said that Twitter began to violate the country’s law when Laura become a candidate since the FCC’s equal-time rule comes into effect.
The lawyer recognizes the importance of social networks today.
He also believes that platforms similar to Twitter (such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.) that do not charge for their services should abide by the electoral laws.
Spies said that if Twitter wants to maintain its decision on Loomer’s ban, then they must start charging a fee for using the platform.
Spies argues that the ban has a purely political purpose and that from Twitter they are seeking to influence the result of the election.