Data scientist Geoff Golberg has sued Twitter for banning his account after he used insulting language toward a bot.
Golberg, the co-founder of blockchain analytics company Elementus and an academic at the University of Colorado, was banned from Twitter on July 29, 2019, for engaging in "Abusive behavior."
In the lawsuit, Golberg emphasizes that the very existence of the inauthentic account violated Twitter's terms of service.
The plaintiff is seeking damages of between $25,000 and $50,000 and the reactivation of his account - which commanded a following of more than 12,000.
According to the suit, Golberg is suing Twitter for a breach of their contractual agreement.
The researcher asserts that Twitter accounts are not free, arguing: "User data is the currency that all users provide to Twitter for access, and it becomes a valuable asset that Twitter then sells to platform advertisers."
Golberg also spent $38,000 to promote various posts on the social media platform over a decade, characterizing his affiliation with Twitter as a business relationship.
Golberg has spent many years analyzing and exposing inauthentic and bot accounts on Twitter.
Through his research, he has exposed networks of fake accounts promoting the XRP token, accounts associated with an Iranian political organization, and the Billboard Music Awards, among others.
A malicious actor has also leaked confidential information relating to his identity on Twitter - known as "Doxxing." Golberg asserts the account that doxed him remains active on Twitter to this day.
XRP Army Exposer Sues Twitter for Account Suspension
Published on Mar 5, 2020
by Cointele | Published on Coinage
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