20 March, 2019
Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $250 million, accusing them of defamation and negligence. All Twitter users took away from the lengthy complaint, though, is how Nunes sees parody accounts for his mother and cow as serious threats to his image.
In a complaint filed in Virginia state court, Nunes said the social media site was "guilty of "knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory - providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers - thereby facilitating defamation on its platform".
A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. The complaint also accuses Twitter of "shadow-banning" Nunes and other conservatives on the platform.
Nunes claimed Twitter "shadow banned" his account, purposefully blocking the content he posted and limiting his reach on the site.
Speaking to podcast host Joe Rogan earlier this month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that his company has acted too swiftly in banning some right-wing users, but denied any favoritism.
"Twitter is a machine", Nunes' personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News.
"Among the false statements published by Mair... is that 'Nunes is still entangled with a winery implicated in a scandal involving his co-investors, cocaine and child prostitutes, '" the lawsuit says. However, this lawsuit could mean a great deal for how the game of politics is played, and how Twitter censors voices on the internet.
U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users for $250M
The complaint accused Liz Mair (@LizMair), a communications strategist according to her Twitter bio, of accepting money on behalf of clients to collect "oppo" on Nunes and to organize a smear campaign against him before and after his election. Huckabee said he is "so proud" of Nunes for suing, and that Twitter is essentially a "political arm" of the Democratic party.
A United States politician has accused Twitter and three of its users of running an "orchestrated defamation campaign" against him.
"The goal of the concerted defamation campaign was to cause huge pain, intimidate, interfere with and divert Nunes' attention from his investigation of corruption and Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election", the suit alleges.
"I've been, at many times, just obliterated by-people have used all these fake accounts, just trashing me", he said.
The lawsuit names a few defendants besides Twitter. The President tweeted about the news of Nunes' lawsuit late Monday. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before!' Trump tweeted.
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