Why does Twitter not want you to see this trailer?
Featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Michael Sandel. Vandana Shiva. Anand Giridharadas. The Reverend William Barber. Greta Thunberg. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.
Twitter says the trailer is: “Inappropriate.” “Political.” “Sensitive targeting.” They refuse to run our ads that include it. Which makes it hard to tell the world about our new film, The New Corporation – a sequel to the early-2000s global hit, The Corporation.
We tried to reason with Twitter. But they wouldn’t budge. They just kept censoring us.
And we thought - that just isn't right.
So, we’re suing Twitter. And we’re suing the Canadian government for not protecting our free speech from Twitter.
Our film’s message? That corporate power is out of control and a threat to democracy. Twitter can disagree with that message. But it has no right to censor us for it. We're not doing any harm! We’re contributing to the realm of ideas and to democratic dialogue!
Follow along as we launch the lawsuit. And please support us through this GoFundMe.
Support our fight! Help us make a stand for free speech in Canada, and bring accountability to big tech. Let’s set a precedent for the world!
Read more about the case here.
Wondering where the money will go?
Will donated monies be used to pay lawyers’ fees?
No. The lawyers arguing this case (Sujit Choudhry and Joel Bakan) will only be paid out of costs awards in the plaintiffs’ favour (if we win), and/or grant monies applied for to cover such fees.
What will monies raised by this campaign be used for?
To cover non-lawyer-fee expenses associated with the case (such as research, expert witnesses, office and filing expenses), and also communications expenses. To that end, we need to raise around $100,000 – roughly 80% for legal expenses and 20% for communications.
Why are we seeking more than $100,000?
To cover the risk of adverse cost awards against the plaintiffs. That will only be a problem if we lose, and even then it’s uncertain how much will be at stake – it could range from a token amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But we need to be prepared, which explains why we’re asking for more than the bare expenses.
What happens is there is no adverse cost award?
If, after all proceedings are complete, the plaintiffs have no costs liabilities, and other expenses (excluding lawyers’ fees) have been covered, any remaining monies raised by this campaign will be returned to donors in allotments proportionate to their original donations.
We thank you all, everyone who is donating to our case. Let's win this together! :)
- Grendon Haines
- PERLA DE LEON
- JoAnna Cassie