Devin Nunes filed a $250 million lawsuit accusing Twitter of conservative ‘shadowbans.’
Devin Nunes has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter accusing the social-media giant of engaging in defamation against himself and other conservatives.
It’s about time! How about all the conservatives who had their accounts purged like mine was?
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 18, 2019
California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” including himself to influence the 2018 elections, systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and totally “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.
In a complaint filed in Virginia state court on Monday, obtained by Fox News, Nunes claimed Twitter wanted to derail his work on the House Intelligence Committee, which he chaired until 2019, as he looked into alleged and apparent surveillance abuses by the government. Nunes said Twitter 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.”
The lawsuit alleged defamation, conspiracy and negligence, and sought not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he said harassed and defamed him. The lawsuit is separate from Nunes’ work on the House Intelligence Committee, where he is now the ranking member. More
“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,” Mr. Nunes wrote in the complaint, which was posted online.
@DevinNunes Glad to hear it and though you’re now quite likely to get banned from Twitter – and ive not watched Anything related to foxnews (or fb of course) for Years – im sure i’ll keep up with you somehow! thx for what you do!
— dtroubX2 (@troubdb) March 18, 2019
How do I join that suit? I was shadow banned and excluded from seeing my friends and reading relevant posts I’d joined. But that’s ok. They’re going down.
— Cathryne Stone (@cathryne_stone) March 18, 2019