Politician Sues Facebook Over Election Loss
Majed Moughni is angry the site shut down his page
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff | Suggested by Chudluv
Posted Mar 8, 2011 11:12 AM CST
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(Newser) – Majed Moughni lost Michigan’s Republican primary, denying him the chance to go up against incumbent Rep. John Dingell, who just so happens to be the longest-serving member of Congress. And Moughni blames just one entity for his loss: Facebook. The attorney is suing the social networking site—not for money, but for an injunction that would halt premature account closing. Moughni, who came in fourth in the August primary, wants to know why Facebook shut down his page, cutting him off from his 1,600 friends, in June.

Moughni believes it was shut down because he criticized one of Dingell's views (related to a ... baseball game), but a Facebook spokesperson tells the Detroit News it was shut down for suspicious behavior, and adds that Moughni would have been warned before the account was closed. Moughni had been adding 20 to 100 new friends a day at the time. He says he “had no chance without Facebook. They disorganized us in the middle of our campaign and we lost.” Then why, AllFacebook wonders, did did Moughni wait more than six months before filing a suit?

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karenyoung
Apr 10, 2011 5:30 PM CDT
Young v. Facebook, Inc. Facebook Account Deletion Lawsuit Blog information - http://fac­ebookaccou­ntdeletion­.blogspot.­com/ Case currently pending in Santa Clara County, California District Court Possible Class Action status Post your Facebook account problem on the blog Or write to mskbyoungb­log@aol.co­m
JawsTaySun
Mar 9, 2011 6:17 PM CST
Dingell buries the competition!
schopenhauer
Mar 8, 2011 3:01 PM CST
I am not a big fan of the loser but he may have a legitimate grievance. The issue is how much control do we permit private companies like Facebook to have over the flow of content. There may be a special case where we may not want to surrender that kind of control, even to a private or publicly held company, when that medium has become so ubiquitous that everyone relies on it as a utility to communicate in a special manner like social media. Otherwise, we could end up with a world forged by Facebook...