Popular conservative commentator Steven Crowder filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Monday, alleging the social media giant is guilty of violating laws around censorship and unfair competition, among other offenses.
Crowder, who is affiliated with BlazeTV, made the announcement on social media alongside lawyer Bill Richmond.
The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and seeks a court order mandating that Facebook stop censoring conservative voices, as well as "seven-figure monetary damages."
"The goal here is forcing honesty and clarity in policy application and enforcement," said a statement on Crowder's website. "Facebook lured consumers and creators to spend money and provide data and views under the promise of not engaging in political, racial or religious bias in enforcing their policies, but they have done so both expressly and secretively."
One of the primary complaints in the suit focuses on Facebook's removal of Crowder's Election Day livestream, alleging it was pulled because it had more traffic than similar streams from left-leaning outlets.
Richmond said a company is free to choose how it operates, but not to lie about its own rules or its intent.
"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.