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

(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?

The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.
The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)
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A Dearborn attorney is gearing up for a fight against Facebook over his failed campaign for Congress.   (wxyztvdetroit)

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In an attempt to overthrow the Dingell Dynasty, (I) devised a plan to use Facebook to accumulate thousands of friends, who would spread the message and overseat the longest-serving member of Congress.
- Majed Moughni's lawsuit

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