STOP THE BIAS
Background: Florida Senator Joe Gruters is introducing
legislation that allows Floridians to sue social media companies that ban or
suppress accounts due to political or religious speech.
Thank you Senator Gruters for
inviting me to speak at the Florida State Capital today to tell my story.
My name is Laura Loomer, and I am the most banned,
censored woman in the world. I am 26 years old, I’m a conservative investigative
journalist, a Florida resident, and a Florida business owner.
You might be thinking to yourself: how exactly is Laura Loomer the
most censored person? How did she get banned on every social media site?
By telling the truth. By posting facts. By speaking up in
America where we supposedly have free speech.
But this story isn’t about
me. It’s about every American. What has happened to me can and will happen to
all of you, and as it’s said, how goes Florida goes the nation, which is why
Senator Joe Gruters’s proposed legislation is so important.
As a nation, this is about
how we, together as Republicans and Democrats, must always fight back to
protect our First Amendment Right.
With the Internet Age and now
with Social Media, we’ve crossed thresholds in communication regarding the way
in which we interact, influence and inform each other.
This is not the first time
technology has changed our society and it’s not the first time that laws have
struggled to keep up with changing technologies.
From the invention of Movable
Type, to radio, to television, the Internet, and now with Social Media, human
interaction is in constant flux, and, as always, there are people who want to
control the flow of information. There are people who want to control what we
see, how we see it, and when we see it. If you control those three things, you
can control the masses. You can control the world.
Two hundred and fifty years
ago, the British Crown struggled to control Revolutionary Printers.
The printers who drove our
independence from England were not large corporations or media outlets. In most
cases, they were entrepreneurs working alone.
Today we would call many of them
One of those entrepreneurs
was Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas created the Massachusetts Spy, which was published
with the motto, “Open to all parties, but influenced by none.”
Let me repeat that motto because
I’ll come back to it later: “Open to all parties, but influenced by none.”
Thomas’ publication would be
an early version of social media where influential voices submitted their
opinions on the issues of the day.
But, like me, Thomas faced
British troops at the
direction of the King organized mobs to protest outside his print shop and put
together hostile parties to silence Thomas.
Thomas escaped with his life
and his printing presses and continued to defy the King with his work to
support General George Washington and the American Patriots.
The dialog created by the
printers of the Revolutionary War was inflammatory, it definitely violated the
community standards of the time, and I guarantee that many feelings were hurt by
the words contained in those pamphlets.
But the American Colonists
were wise enough to form their own opinions with the information provided by
those independent journalists.
The King’s attempts to
suppress independent thoughts and views failed.
Knowing what we know today, America
would be a totally different nation without the printers of the Revolution.
Today, circumstances are
History is repeating itself
with a battle of ideas in which Independent Journalists and even families
around a dinner table – representing diverse views – are fighting to
disseminate their thoughts to a community eager for information and
Yet today, rather than
allowing peaceful discourse to take place, a group of young billionaires who
are acting like kings, try to control what we say, what we hear, what we see
and most importantly, what we believe.
I’m taking about billionaires
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter,
and Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google.
Rather than trusting average
working Americans to gather knowledge and form their own opinions, these three technology-focused
men actively work to control information for their own self interests.
And as controlling monopolies,
they’re literally reshaping society based upon what type of speech generates
the most clicks for their advertisers and aligns with their own personal political
They use the excuse that
public debate and discussion is “dangerous” – but only if your political views
are suppressing their profits, their personal views or the special interests of
Senator Gruters’ legislation
is a wakeup call to Florida and the nation, as what’s really dangerous is
allowing three billionaires in Silicon Valley to define what political and
religious thoughts and ideas are appropriate.
And as the most banned woman
in the world, while the damage and trauma has been significant, I’m not here to
tell you about the real harm that has been done to my career and my reputation
at the hands of Facebook, Twitter and other big tech companies. I’m here to
warn you so that it doesn’t happen to you, or any other Floridian or American.
I was permanently banned by
every single major social media company for posting a tweet in which I called
Ilhan Omar “anti-Jewish”, a now widely known fact that spurred a Democrat
Congressional resolution regarding anti-Semitism. Twitter said my tweet was
“hate speech”, and within minutes of being banned, millions of people were
inundated with news reports about how I was banned for “hateful content”. Big
tech social media sites are defamation machines.
Tech Giants use “hate speech”
as a term and reason to ban individuals who they disagree with. In reality, there’s no such thing as “hate
speech.” There are certainly hate crimes
and always have been throughout human history.
But hate speech is a new, manufactured term that is designed to silence
conservatives and political dissidents. “Hate speech” is a term used to
disenfranchise a group of people and it’s the quickest way to make someone a
The frivolous use of terms
like “Hate speech” by these companies and their executives are now having serious
and actual dangerous effects on the lives of Floridians, myself included.
When Hurricane Dorian, a
Category 5 storm was expected to make land fall in Palm Beach, Florida near
Mar-a-Lago several months ago, liberals cheered on social media with the hope
that it would wipe out the Winter White House and the Trump family. Is that hate speech?
When Louis Farrakhan called
Jews “termites” and called for their extermination on Twitter, was that hate
speech? According to Twitter, it was
When members of Antifa openly
call for the killing of the President of the United States, is that hate
speech? Again, according to Twitter, it
In May, 2019, Facebook
labeled me a “dangerous individual”, they designated me as a terrorist, and
permanently banned me from both Facebook and Instagram. In response, I filed a
defamation lawsuit against Facebook in Florida. The day I filed my lawsuit, Facebook
changed their terms of service and said it was ok for its nearly 2 billion
users to incite “high severity violence” and post “death threats” against those
labeled “dangerous” by Facebook.
Was it hate speech when
Facebook created these new rules that promote violence against me and other
“dangerous individuals”? I guess it’s not because that’s their rule. Who gave
Facebook the authority to designate private citizens “dangerous” and
As Florida lawmakers, you
have to propose legislation as Senator Gruters recently did if you want to
designate a group as a terrorist organization. Why does Facebook think they
have legislative authority to make violent blanket statements that have
permanent, harmful repercussions on an individual’s reputation and their
ability to make a living for the rest of their lives?
Clearly we are now at a point
in time where these social media companies feel they have more power than
people like you…elected officials and lawmakers.
That is what you call
tyranny, and it’s why our founding fathers created the Constitution. The First
Amendment was created to protect Americans from the tyrannical actions of the
British Kings who are now resurrecting themselves in the form of tech
I’m here today as a walking,
living, breathing example to educate you about the harm that’s being done to
society, and will continue to take place if we don’t end social media bias dead
in its tracks.
Today, the Tech Giants are
actively working to influence the 2020 elections in favor of the Democrats.
In 2024, as Mark, Jack, and
Sundar get older and want a few more tax cuts, they could very well switch
their rules and algorithms to favor Republicans.
Beyond politics, as Mark, Jack,
and Sundar reinvest their billions into crypto currency, health care, and
Artificial Intelligence, their current capability to ban speech will easily
become the ability to ban an individual from society.
That should be a frightening
thought but it’s something I’ve experienced for years. I’m banned not just by social media
companies, but I’m banned by financial institutions. Last year, Chase bank shut
down my online access to my bank account, along with the bank accounts of
several other high profile conservatives. I was also banned by PayPal, which
accounted for nearly 90% of my income. Shortly after, I was also banned by
Venmo and GoFundMe.
This is what you call
financial blacklisting, and it is happening to many conservative Americans.
Today it’s me, but tomorrow it could be you if you post an opinion the tech
tyrants disagree with.
I can’t even use Uber to get
a ride to the hospital – because I’m banned for my views, and I’m also not able
to order a sandwich on Uber Eats because of my opinions.
How many other Floridians
have been pushed to the fringes of society because of a single tweet or post on
On Thursday, Pablo Lima, a
police officer in Bay Harbor Florida was suspended by the Bay Harbor Islands police
force for simply liking a political Facebook post on his wife’s Facebook page.
Lima’s wife is Annabelle Lima-Taub, a Jewish Commissioner in Hallendale Beach,
FL. Last year, her employment and political position were threatened after
several Leftist activist groups lobbied to have her fired over a non-violent
political Facebook post in which she criticized Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for
her associations with terrorist groups. The post was denounced as “hate speech”, but
Lima-Taub remained unapologetic, arguing that Tlaib’s support for the BDS
movement suggested Tlaib is in favor of Hamas and Hezbollah.
This is a political opinion.
A political opinion Lima-Taub’s husband Pablo “liked” on Facebook and is now
facing a professional suspension for. This is a man, a public servant who has
dedicated his life to serving his community, and now it’s all in jeopardy over
a completely legal Facebook post.
Are we not allowed to have
political opinions anymore here in America?
As an officer, Lima puts his life on the line
everyday as a public servant in Florida, protecting and serving his
community….but he’s not allowed to “like” a social media post?
The extreme to which
Americans and Florida residents and families are being targeted on social media
for their political speech is un-American, and it should scare all of you that
you can live your life as an honest person, as a person who cares for others
and abides by the law, and at the same time you could be fired, silenced,
deemed “dangerous”, and be excommunicated from society and the digital public
square for simply posting political speech on social media, or just “liking” a
political post as both officer Lima and his wife, Annabelle, did.
As I did. And as millions of
other Americans have, and will continue to do.
How many Floridians can’t get
live access to public service announcements and hurricane evacuation routes
because they’ve been kicked off of Twitter and Facebook?
In 10 years, how many
Floridians banned on social media will be denied home loans, health insurance,
or a bank account due to the Chinese-style social credit scores that are being developed
and implemented here in America by the Tech Giants?
Senator Gruters’ bill stops
this nightmare scenario before it has a chance to expand, and it gives tech
billionaires Mark, Jack, and Sundar the ability to reconsider their stances and
consider following the lead of Isaiah Thomas and his motto, “Open to all
parties, but influenced by none.”
I urge all Florida
politicians and lawmakers to look beyond partisan politics when considering
this legislation. Floridians must be
protected from the whims and uninformed perspectives of three power hungry Silicon
Together, we can and will
Stop The Bias.
Thank you Senator Gruters.