US Rep. Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users for defamation and negligence
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 20, 2019,
Mar 20, 2019, 1:25
Nunes has asked the court to reveal the users behind the two parody accounts.
"Devin Nunes has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter in Virginia state court alleging the social media company negligently failed to remove defamatory and malicious tweets against the Congressman and his family", said Hannity.
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He also accused Twitter of "shadow-banning conservatives" such as himself; hosting and monetizing abusive, hateful and defamatory content; ignoring lawful complaints about offensive content; and refusing to adhere to its own terms of service rules.
Still, some conservatives, including President Trump, are unconvinced that Twitter doesn't shadow ban.
Twitter users, however, thought the only thing it illustrates is that Nunes has no idea what a troll is. Some users pledged to help it obtain a larger Twitter audience than Nunes, whose official Twitter account has 391,000 followers.
Numerous tweets relayed in the complaint are lewd, including tweets depicting Nunes as a cocaine addict, as having a sexually transmitted disease and as having "engaged in sexual acts with the president".
The Twitter account, which has since been disabled, posted missives like: "Devin might be a unscrupulous, craven, back-stabbing, charlatan and traitor, but he's no Ted Cruz", according to the lawsuit.
"Access to Twitter is essential for meaningful participation in modern-day American Democracy", the complaint stated.
Nunes' complaints nearly immediately started trending on Twitter and elsewhere on the web.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Monday he is suing Twitter and several individual accounts for defamation and negligence, alleging that the social media platform "knowingly acted as a vessel for opposition research" and worked to censor conservative voices.
The complaint seeks "not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he said harassed and defamed him", Fox News notes. "They're regulating what people can see on my tweets, which they've done.
As part of its agenda to squelch Nunes' voice, cause him extreme pain and suffering, influence the 2018 Congressional election, and distract, intimidate and interfere with Nunes' investigation into corruption and Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election, Twitter did absolutely nothing", Nunes' attorneys wrote. The account also unfairly stated "he's udder-ly worthless and its pasture time to move him to prison", and falsely alleged that "Devin is whey over his head in crime ..."
The suit went on to accuse the two parody accounts of making "libelous" statements, arguing that the users "maliciously attacked every aspect of Nunes' character, honesty, integrity, ethics and fitness to perform his duties as a United States Congressman".
Devin Nunes' Mom-again, a parody account-was already suspended a year ago. "Twitter's actions affected the election results", the lawsuit continued.