Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes announced Monday that he is suing Twitter for $250 million compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter.
It’s not expected to be his last against social media entities and news outlets, who he accused of shadow banning and defamation.
The lawsuit – first reported by Fox News – also targets some Twitter users as well. It accuses the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” and creating platforms that allowed some users to defame conservatives.
Shadow Banning and Abusive Behavior
Shadow banning is a way in which the company secretly hides the posts of users. Nunes’ lawsuit accuses the company of censoring opposing viewpoints, and “ignoring” the complaints from its users of the abusive behavior.
“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,” according to the lawsuit. “Twitter knew the defamation was (and is) happening.”
The lawsuit claims Twitter was attempting to derail Nunes’ investigation into the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Russia probe into President Trump’s campaign. Nunes chaired the committee until 2019.
Twitter Hosted and Monetized Content That Was Clearly Abusive
Nunes accused Twitter of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory.”
“This is more about than just conservatives, every American should care about this if they care about the First Amendment,” said Nunes, on Fox New’s Sean Hannity.
The lawsuit lists states that Twitter allowed the abuse and shadow banning against Nunes because it has a “political agenda and motive.”
For example, “Twitter allowed (and allows) its platform to serve as a portal of defamation in order to undermine public confidence in Plaintiff and to benefit his opponents and opponents of the Republican Party.”
Devin Nunes’ Mom
Moreover, “Twitter contributed materially to the illegal conduct of defamers Mair, Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ cow.”
“Twitter, by its actions, intended 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. Twitter knowingly acted as a vessel of opposition research.”
The complaint seeks not only damages, but also an injunction to compel Twitter to turn over the identities behind accounts he said harassed him and his family.
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