Project Veritas Sues CNN for Defamation After Host Said Twitter Ban is Part of ‘Misinformation’ Crackdown
“CNN’s factual claim that Project Veritas was banned for ‘promoting misinformation,’ instead of truthful reporting of private facts, is patently and demonstrably false…”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe announced the organization filed a lawsuit against CNN for defamation “for contradicting its own reporting and allowing false statements about Project Veritas to be aired.”
Twitter suspended Project Veritas’s account on February 11, 2021, after the organization posted a video of its reporters trying “to interview Facebook’s vice president Guy Rosen outside a residence.”
Twitter claimed the video violated its “policy prohibiting the publication of ‘private information.'”
From the lawsuit:
1. This action arises from Defendant CNN’s knowingly false and defamatory claim that Twitter suspended Plaintiff Project Veritas due to “spreading misinformation,” made during a broadcast by Defendant Ana Cabrera in the course of her work as a CNN employee.
2. CNN’s Ana Cabrera made the February 15, 2021, claim knowing it was false, having herself reported on her Twitter account (@AnaCabrera) on February 11, 2021, that Twitter had permanently banned Project Veritas for what it claimed were “repeated violations of Twitter’s policies prohibiting the sharing—or threats of sharing—of other people’s private information without consent.”
Here is the tweet:
Project Veritas insists that CNN had to have known Twitter’s reasoning behind the ban since the platform announced the ban on February 11, four days before Cabrera made her claim:
8. Despite Twitter’s stated basis for banning Project Veritas having been widely reported in the news media, on February 15, 2021, CNN made a provably and knowingly false statement of fact to the effect that Twitter had banned Project Veritas on February 11, 2021, because Project Veritas violated Twitter’s rules related to “authenticity” by “promoting misinformation”—not, as Twitter itself had claimed, for the violation of Twitter’s policy regarding the truthful dissemination of “private information.”
9. CNN’s factual claim that Project Veritas was banned for “promoting misinformation,” instead of truthful reporting of private facts, is patently and demonstrably false, and CNN maliciously made its claims with knowledge they were false or with reckless disregard for their falsity.
10. CNN was aware of Twitter’s stated reason for banning Project Veritas, had itself widely reported on this stated reason, and yet, falsely and maliciously published a statement suggesting that Project Veritas was banned due to its promotion of false, rather than true, content.
“CNN knowingly and maliciously defamed Project Veritas by stating that Twitter banned the organization’s Twitter account for ‘misinformation’ in violation of Twitter’s authenticity policy, injuring Project Veritas’s professional reputation as investigative journalists,” continued the lawsuit.
Project Veritas also claimed “CNN demonstrated its malicious intent by refusing to retract or correcting the defamatory statements of its employee” even after it provided the network with a “written notice informing it of the falsity of its statements.”DONATE
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