U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users for $250M

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

Nunes claims that Twitter refused to enforce its own terms of service during his election campaign previous year, when he says he endured a "defamation campaign of stunning breadth and scope".

Rep. Devin Nunes says he filed suit in Virginia state court on Monday against Twitter, a conservative political operative and two anonymous Twitter accounts, alleging a conspiracy to defame him and oust him from political office. Shadow banning allows users to post freely but no one else sees their messages.

In the lawsuit, Nunes accused Twitter of "shadow-banning" conservatives such as himself, while "facilitating defamation on its platform" by "ignoring lawful complaints about offensive content and by allowing that content to remain accessible to the public" even if it allegedly violated the site's terms of service or rules.

"So if they're going to do that, then either own up to it and play big boy ball, which means you file all the reports or else let them be governed by the government", said the conservative commentator.

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Nunes is also seeking an injunction to force Twitter to turn over identities to accounts he claims harassed and defamed him, Fox News reported. To the contrary: "as part and parcel of its Twitter's role as an Internet content provider, Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, actively endorse and promote the many of agendas of the Democratic party", wrote Nunes' legal team.

He alleges that the social media site did this purposefully to elevate the alleged defamatory statements made against him.

Nunes, who represents a district in California, is a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and was accused of undermining the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 president election. Some users pledged to help it obtain a larger Twitter audience than Nunes, whose official Twitter account has 391,000 followers.

Trump shared the news of Nunes's lawsuit on Twitter, tweeting a link on Monday night to a story from the Daily Beast.

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"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.

Shadow banning is a way in which the company secretly hides the posts of users.

"I've been, at many times, just obliterated by-people have used all these fake accounts, just trashing me", he said. Devin Nunes' Mom retweeted false and defamatory content tweeted by Mair, and Mair encouraged her 37,000 followers to follow Devin Nunes' Cow.

"The notion that this would be an actual, valid lawsuit is a far-fetched one", she said on CNN's "Right Now", adding that the law protects platforms like Twitter.

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