Tech Companies Won’t Un-Ban GOP Candidate Laura Loomer

August 19th, 2020 12:49 PM

The GOP welcomed the “most-banned woman” with open arms as its candidate for the 21st Congressional District House seat in Florida. But tech companies seem reluctant to budge on their bans of Laura Loomer. 

Loomer’s opponent, incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), is on Medium, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Meanwhile, Loomer has been included in a ban with “dangerous individuals” from both Facebook and Instagram. Twitter permanently banned her in 2018 for criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). 

Other platforms that banned Loomer include Uber, Lyft, UberEats, PayPal, Venmo, GoFundMe, and Medium. While Loomer was campaigning in the primaries, Comcast/Xfinity allegedly banned the Loomer campaign from sending fundraising emails and text messages. 

Twitter has a program that labels candidates for the 2020 election. In its blog post, the company stated, “Labels will appear on the Twitter accounts of candidates running for US House of Representatives, US Senate, or Governor in the 2020 US election who have qualified for the general election ballot.”  

Twitter informed the Media Research Center (MRC) that it had no comment on Loomer’s win at this time. However, CEO Jack Dorsey liked a tweet from a Twitter developer that said, “I still have nightmares of when Laura L**mer handcuffed herself to our office…” Facebook officials were trying to get a formal response.

All the other platforms did not respond to the MRC’s request. However, Loomer has still not been allowed back on platforms, even though she is an official candidate. It appears tech companies are now officially picking sides. 

The liberal media are blaming the internet for the rise of Laura Loomer. New York Times tech reporter Kevin Roose tweeted, “Social media from 2014-2018 was basically built for the Laura Loomers of the world, and we will be feeling the consequences of those years for a very long time.” 

Vox journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted melodramatically, “Laura Loomer winning elections is why America can’t have nice things (or go outside or have society any longer).” 

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