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Kennedy Sues Meta and Zuckerberg


Kennedy Sues Meta for Election Interference


SAN FRANCISCO, CA—MAY 13, 2024—Independent Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and American Values 2024 (AV24), a political action committee supporting Kennedy’s candidacy, today filed a First Amendment and election interference lawsuit against Meta after a biographical film, “Who Is Bobby Kennedy?”, was censored on Facebook and Instagram.


The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Meta, related entities, and Mark Zuckerberg.


"This case raises important issues about censorship of political candidates by social media giants like Meta,” said Rick Jaffe, Esq., a First Amendment attorney representing Kennedy in the lawsuit. “I have no doubt this case will set a precedent as Americans increasingly rely on social media to form their opinions and values."


The lawsuit alleges the defendants censored AV24's 30-minute film, narrated by Woody Harrelson, about the life of RFK Jr., his environmental activism, and why he’s running for President.

After AV24 released the film on May 3, Meta users could not share or post it on Facebook or Instagram. When trying to post about the film, a variety of different and contradictory explanations were given to users and they were also warned and threatened with adverse consequences for posting about or sharing it.


The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, and also an injunction barring Meta from continuing to interfere with the sharing and posting of “Who Is Bobby Kennedy?”


“If supporters of all candidates do not have equal access to the digital public square, then we have a democracy in name only,” Kennedy said. “This goes beyond restricting freedom of expression on issues and ideas. Meta is censoring a biographical film about a major candidate in an election year. How can voters make an informed choice if they are denied basic information about a candidate’s life?”


Learn more at Kennedy24.com. Visit our press page here.

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