The lawsuit is set to be filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and will seek injunctive relief as well as monetary damages, according to a summary of the filing posted on Crowder’s website.
Richmond, who is jokingly referred to on the set as Crowder’s “half-Asian lawyer,” was unusually straight-faced during Monday’s show as he shared details about the lawsuit, which he expects will pull him away from the show for the foreseeable future.
“This time’s different,” said Crowder about other minor lawsuits often filed against the platform for alleged censorship.
“The reason why it’s different is because we’re going after Facebook based on its own words and its own premises,” Richmond added.
Richmond and Crowder claim that even as Congress pulled Facebook up to the Capitol repeatedly to ask questions about censorship, Zuckerberg continued to deny that they did any censoring of conservative outlets or viewpoints.
“They told Congress ‘we don’t do it,’ they told the consumers ‘we don’t do it,’ they told us that they don’t do it,” Richmond claimed on Monday, adding, “but over the course of years, we’ve realized they actually are doing it.”
One of the main complaints focuses on “Louder with Crowder’s” massively popular election night livestream, which Crowder said Facebook took down without any explanation.
Richmond added that the lawsuit is “pro-business, anti-fraud,” saying, “you can run a business however you want — if you were a social media platform or any kind of business and you wanted to allow certain types of content or certain types of customers in your store or on your platform, you’re allowed to do it — but what you can’t do is lie.”
“What you can’t do is say, ‘We are open to everyone, we don’t discriminate based on political ideology or race or religion,’ and then turn around and actually do that, both expressly and through the software that you’re implementing,” he said.