Mark Zuckerberg has been personally sued by an anti-5G/anti-vaxxer pressure group for daring to suggest its claims may not be entirely credible.
In a 115-page lawsuit [PDF] filed in a federal district court in San Francisco this week, the Facebook CEO, his web giant, and three fact-checking organizations Facebook uses to identify misinformation on its platform, are accused of a wide-ranging conspiracy to help the US government bypass the Constitution and censor the pressure group's idea of the truth on medicine and mobile technology.
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“This is a case about how an officer and an agency within the US Government ‘privatized’ the First Amendment by teaming up with Facebook to censor speech which, under the Bill of Rights, the government cannot censor,” the group, which calls itself Children’s Health Defense (CHD), said in its lawsuit.
It accused The Zuck of conspiring with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Big Pharma and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to “suppress vaccine safety speech” as well as the health risks associated with 5G and wireless networks.
The proof of this conspiracy are “warning labels” and fact-check buttons that regularly appear alongside Facebook posts made by the group. Facebook doesn’t take down the posts but that doesn’t matter because the mere suggestion that their claims may not be grounded in science, or reality at all, is akin to government censorship, the group claims.
While the warnings “appear to flag disinformation,” the lawsuit notes, “in reality [they] censor valid and truthful speech, including speech critical of those agencies and their policies. A judicial remedy is urgently required to redress that system of prior restraint which will otherwise go unredressed.”
What's in a name?
According to CHD, it has a “good name and reputation as a public health advocate for complete candor as to both the risks of environmental toxins, vaccines, 5G and wireless networks, and the conflicts of interest in government oversight of those products and services.” The Facebook notices damage its online reputation which “is important to its standing as a preeminent leader in the health reform movement.”
Just the facts: Vaccines contain ingredients at a dose lower than what we are naturally exposed to. They do not cause autism. There is no reputable evidence that cellphones or wireless networks cause health problems. 5G does not spread coronavirus.
As for the charges laid against Zuckerberg, he and his antisocial network have seemingly managed to break both the First and Fifth Amendments, not to mention the Lanham Act (which covers trademarks), and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act (which was designed to be used in mafia cases).
The fact that the First Amendment on free speech doesn’t apply to companies is irrelevant because, the lawsuit points out, Zuckerberg has conspired with the US government – specifically the CDC and Schiff – to “fraudulently misrepresent and defame” the CHD. And Mark's in bed with Big Pharma because they take out Facebook ads, apparently.
But wait, there's more: the CHD’s chairman and chief legal counsel is none other than Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who, as the nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, knows a bit about government conspiracies. And he’s all too happy to talk about how the CIA and mafia conspired to kill his famous uncle.
The CHD is unafraid to use lawsuits: for example, it sued the FCC in February for refusing to revisit radio frequency guidelines despite receiving thousands of comments from member of the American public convinced that wireless technology “is a contributing factor to the exponential increase in sickness among children.”
Why are there no painkillers in the jungle?
Among the “known culprits” that the CHD says are causing an explosion in sick children are products that use heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides. But the group also feels strongly that 5G, paracetamol, fluoride, food additives, aluminum, and vaccines are also to blame.
The scientific community is less persuaded about those claims, having carried out tests and trials and discovered that there is no evidence of it. But that won’t stop the CHD from arguing Facebook has no right to imply it might be completely wrong.
As for Facebook’s use “of so-called ‘independent fact-checkers’,” the CHD is unimpressed. “In truth,” it argued, they are “neither independent nor fact-based” and “create oppositional content on Children’s Health Defense’s page, literally superimposed over Children’s Health Defense’s original content, about open matters of scientific controversy.”
Why? “To further silence Children’s Health Defense’s dissent against important government policies and its critique of pharmaceutical products.”
The group wants damages of up to $5m, its costs paid, and that Zuck, Facebook, et al "make a public retraction of their false statements." ®