Former Republican Candidate Sues Twitter, Accuses It Of Being ‘Government Actor’

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, the man who claims to have invented email, has announced a lawsuit against tech giant Twitter, accusing it of working with the government as a state actor.

Shiva, who ran for US Senate in Massachusetts as a Republican, claims that Twitter removed tweets of his that alleged voter fraud, at the behest of the Massachusetts government.

Twitter also went on to ban Shiva’s account, US News & World Report, reported on February 5.

In an email Ayyadurai blamed the suspension, which he said occurred on Monday, on actions by Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin and other state election officials.

Ayyadurai said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday those actions by Galvin and others “initiated algorithms that are now permanent to coerce and chill the Plaintiff’s speech” ultimately leading to his suspension.

A spokeswoman for Galvin said Friday that he and other members of the office are declining to comment on the lawsuit.

In 2018, Ayyadurai ran as an independent in the 2018 U.S. Senate race, which was won by incumbent Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

During the campaign, Ayyadurai displayed a sign on a campaign bus reading: “Only a REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian.”

Debra O’Malley who is the Director Of Communications for Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, reported Shiva’s claims of election fraud to Twitter, she said to fact checking site Lead Stories, which said Shiva’s claims of election fraud were not true.

Twitter than informed Shiva that he had to delete the tweets and after he did not his account was banned.

In the case of Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck was a United States Supreme Court case related to limitations on First Amendment-based free speech placed by private operators, it was decided that “A private entity can qualify as a state actor in a few limited circumstances-including, for example, … when the government compels the private entity to take a particular action…”

Federal Judge Mark L. Wolf will hear Shiva’s case at May 20, 2021 at 9:30AM EST and it could spell a major issue for Twitter, as Shiva explained on his website.

This case is the first in the United States that presents powerful evidence that Government and Twitter are hand in glove. This page provides updates on Dr.SHIVA’s historic landmark first amendment lawsuit. Dr.SHIVA is representing himself – pro se – and has garnered multiple victories including surviving motions to dismiss. Many of you have asked how you can help and support this historic effort. You can contribute whatever you can, even $1.

The court papers, brief, complaints, transcripts are located below for you transparent review and access.

By way of background, on September of 2020, after Dr.SHIVA exposed and shared evidence – screenshots of four emails with the Secretary of State that the Government of Massachusetts had violated Federal Law by deleting ballot images – to his nearly 400,000 Twitter followers, the Government strongly encouraged Twitter using the Government’s “Trusted Twitter” partnership to first silence Dr.SHIVA for hours, days, and then to permanently to have him suspended. Federal Law demands all records generated during a federal election be preserved for 22 months.

Dr.SHIVA filed a lawsuit immediately asking for a Preliminary Injunction against the Government as he was still running for office, and needed his Twitter account to communicate.

On October 30, 2020, Federal Judge Mark Wolf awarded Dr.SHIVA all the terms of the Preliminary Injunction whereby the Judge ordered the Government and the other Defendants to stop silencing Dr. Shiva on Twitter. Judge Wolf also declared that Dr. SHIVA would likely prevail on his claim that the Government of Massachusetts made Twitter silence him in the middle of his election campaign

On February 1, 2021, the Government violated that Order.

On May 10, 2021 Judge Wolf issued an order for Twitter to testify in court on May 20, 2021 to explain why Twitter should not be made a co-Defendant, and whether the Government was responsible for the February 1, 2021 de-platforming of Dr. Shiva.

On May 13, 2021, Judge Wolf issued a new order seeking Amicus Briefs from supporters of the First Amendment.  This case goes to the heart what this country was founded to protect: Freedom of Speech, and especially Political Speech.

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Author: Carmine Sabia

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