Rep. Nunez Sues Twitter and Several Users for $250 Million for Defamation

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes R-Calif. is suing Twitter and a group of its users for more than $250 million accusing them of defamation and negligence

In addition to the millions in damages, Nunes also sought an injunction for Twitter to reveal the identities of the accounts that mocked him.

California Republican Devin Nunes filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and a group of users Monday, accusing the social media platform of defamation and "shadow-banning conservatives".

Shadow banning is the act of suppressing or burying online content so that it is effectively inaccessible to the public, without actually blocking or suspending a user's account.

"Twitter is a machine", Nunes' personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News.

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.

Mair declined to comment, saying she has yet to read through the lawsuit.

The cow's account allegedly said "Devin's boots are full of manure".

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Nunes said the lawsuit was "the first of many", when he appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox show Monday night.

Nunes is demanding a trial by jury, compensatory damages no less than $250,000,000, and punitive damages "in the amount of $350,000.00 or the maximum amount allowed by law". 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.

The lawsuit goes on to say Mair lives in Virginia, which is a state where Twitter is allowed to conduct business aside from its DE office or California headquarters, according to the lawsuit. "But Devin Nunes ... if there is a theory out there about how conservatives are being taken advantage of by the deep state, by Twitter, you know, Devin Nunes is right there for it". Twitter did not review the account until this year. And guess what: The photos, which barely anyone knew about before her lawsuit, became the stuff of global news, the photographer's website received over a million views, and the press reprinted them dozens of times over.

'Twitter let it happen because Twitter had (and has) a political agenda and motive, ' the lawsuit said.

The platform is partly responsible, Nunes mantains, because "Twitter created and developed the content at issue in this case by transforming false accusations of criminal conduct, imputed wrongdoing, dishonesty and lack of integrity into a publicly available commodity used by unscrupulous political operatives and their donor/clients as a weapon".

But, Twitter added, "We do rank tweets and search results".

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