Crowder has already been banned from YouTube for hate speech and is currently suspended for two weeks for violating the platform’s policies on harassment, threats and cyberbullying.
“It’s absolutely outrageous and should be criminal to take away the voice of someone running for office for political reasons,” Lake said.
Lake’s statement came a day after Republican candidate for Arizona secretary of state Mark Finchem was temporarily banned from Twitter for violating unspecified rules before the platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, unblocked his account.
Lake, the Republican candidate for Arizona governor, said she would like to see Arizona enact laws similar to those already in place in Texas and Florida.
Lake herself is a prolific Twitter poster, promoting campaign events and interviews, and regularly denounces and pokes fun at her Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
Texas passed a law last year prohibiting major social media platforms from banning posts based on the posters’ political views.
NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which challenged the Texas law in court, said it prevents social media platforms from removing extremism and foreign propaganda from their websites. The Texas law was temporarily blocked and then reinstated by an appeals court in September.
The Florida law, also passed last year, is currently mostly suspended after a district court and an appeals court agreed that it violates the right of social media platforms to determine for themselves what expression is allowed on their sites. Florida law prohibits social media platforms from deleting the accounts of journalistic companies and candidates for office in Florida, and requires that the same criteria be applied across all platforms to determine which posts and accounts are deleted.