Social media giant said its policy on ‘Covid-19 misleading information’ was breached
Musician Jim Corr is taking legal action against Twitter for suspending his account.
The step was taken for an alleged violation of the social media company’s policy on “Covid-19 misleading information”.
However, the guitarist and member of chart-topping band The Corrs claims the move was an unlawful breach of freedom of speech.
His lawyers are now seeking an injunction at the High Court in Belfast to have his account reinstated.
“I am challenging Twitter over the suspension of my account with almost 50,000 followers,” Mr Corr said.
“Twitter is acting in conjunction with the Irish Government, who admitted working with social media companies in order to shut down and stifle certain voices with certain views in a blatant and unacceptable attack on free speech.”
The firm suspended his account last December. Mr Corr vehemently denies breaching any regulations and contends the step has damaged his reputation.
Belfast firm KRW Law wrote to Twitter last month, claiming censorship and requesting an immediate reinstatement.
Lawyers representing the company responded by insisting its actions were lawful.
“Your client violated the Covid-19 Misleading Information Policy on multiple occasions,” correspondence on behalf of Twitter stated.
Denying any defamatory action had been taken, the letter
confirmed legal proceedings would be contested.
KRW Law’s Colin McMenamin claimed: “For the Twitter account of Jim Corr to have been suspended demonstrates, again, the unregulated power a social media platform such as Twitter has.”