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Project Veritas founder vows to sue Twitter after being permanently suspended: ‘This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay’

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Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe’s Twitter account was suspended Thursday for violations of “manipulation and spam,” the social media platform said.

O’Keefe’s permanent suspension comes one day after he released secretly-recorded clips of a CNN staffer admitting to pushing an anti-Trump narrative on the network and using “propaganda” to get Trump out of office during the 2020 election.

O’Keefe said he plans to sue Twitter for defamation.

“I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O’Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts,'” O’Keefe said in a statement on his website. “This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday.”

The Project Veritas Twitter account was permanently suspended in February for repeat violations of the site’s policies against publishing private information.

“After the latest round of hidden camera videos embarrassing to CNN were released, @JamesOKeefeIII has been permanently banned from Twitter. The @Project_Veritas account was also recently banned. This is how big tech works with liberal corporate media to take down challengers,” journalist Andy Ngo tweeted.

“In case you haven’t figured out how it works by now… @CNN spreads propaganda to elect Democrats and then @Twitter runs interface to protect CNN. They’re all on the same team,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

O’Keefe announced Wednesday that he is also planning to sue CNN for defamation.

“I think a lot of people need to start suing the media for defamation,” O’Keefe said. “It’s disgraceful what they’re doing, it’s disgusting.”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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