Goats, cows, and Devin Nunes' mom: how a Republican's Twitter lawsuit backfired

UNITED STATES- FEBRUARY 27 Rep. Devin Nunes R-Calif. leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday Feb. 27 2018

Like Nunes does in the lawsuit, Huckabee complained about "fake accounts" that insult him personally as one of the problems Twitter faces.

Devin Nunes (CA), the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter, two anonymous accounts on the platform, and political consultant and Daily Beast op-ed contributor Liz Mair.

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In his lawsuit, Nunes also claims that Twitter discriminates against conservatives by allegedly censoring "viewpoints with which it disagrees" and "shadow-banning" them. It accuses the social media site of "shadow-banning conservatives" and creating platforms that allowed some users to defame conservatives. He is not the only conservative to accuse Twitter of bias though, and even President Trump promised a year ago to "look into this discriminatory and illegal practice".

It's not expected to be his last against social media entities and news outlets, who he accused of shadow banning and defamation.

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.

'Between February 2018 and March 2019, Twitter allowed @DevinNunesMom to post hundreds of egregiously false, defamatory, insulting, abusive, hateful, scandalous and vile statements about Nunes, ' the lawsuit states.

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While @DevinNunesMom's account has been suspended, judging by the kind of content cited in Nunes' lawsuit, including a posted image of a Putin-Trump-Nunes human centipede, it's a safe bet not many people believed it to be Nunes' real-life mother.

According to Hunt, Twitter has "widely debunked" the idea that Twitter is silencing conservatives by making their posts practically invisible to others.

Nunes' complaints nearly immediately started trending on Twitter and elsewhere on the web.

"Twitter, by its actions, meant to generate and proliferate the false and defamatory statements about Plaintiff in order to influence the outcome of the 2018 Congressional election and to intimidate Plaintiff and interfere with his important investigation of corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election", the complaint states.

He said that Twitter and Facebook clearly favor Democrats and leftists over other ideologies, so they should consider filing "political expenditure requirements". 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 lawsuit names a few defendants besides Twitter. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before!



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