By Greg Piper
Google’s argument for dismissing an antitrust lawsuit by YouTube competitor Rumble — a haven for unfettered discussions about COVID-19, election fraud and Ukraine-Russia relations — so perplexed a federal judge that he took only eight pages to reject Google’s motion.
“Without real dispute,” Rumble has adequately alleged that Google violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam wrote Friday, questioning Google’s “somewhat counterintuitive premise that [Rumble] has pled too much.”
It’s the third censorship-related lawsuit against Big Tech pillars to win approval for legal discovery in recent months.
Last month, a federal judge ordered that social media companies Meta (Facebook), Twitter, and YouTube must turn over documents and answer questions in a suit alleging collusion between the companies and the Biden administration to censor “disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content” on their platforms.
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