Skip to comments.Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative 'shadow bans,' smears
Posted on 03/18/2019 3:38:17 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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 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."
Although federal law ordinarily exempts services like Twitter from defamation liability, Nunes' suit said the platform has taken such an active role in curating and banning content that it should face liability like any other organization that defames.
"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," Nunes' legal team wrote. "Twitter is 'responsible' for the development of offensive content on its platform because it in some way specifically encourages development of what is offensive about the content."
In large part because of Twitter's actions, Nunes "endured an orchestrated defamation campaign of stunning breadth and scope, one that no human being should ever have to bear and suffer in their whole life" in the past year, according to the complaint.
The complaint also named specific Twitter accounts that spread allegedly defamatory material about Nunes. One defendant, identified as "Liz" Mair, purportedly published tweets that "implied that Nunes colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts, that Nunes does cocaine,
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Bloody awesome if true.
As an ex boxer I say it’s high time we got off the ropes and out of the corner and started slugging back.
Something I wasn’t so good at and that’s why I stopped :)
Twitter, FaceBook et al have moved into the realm of the public domain needing regulatory oversight and control.
Imagine your phone company or your electric company deciding your religion or politics were not sharia friendly. So they canceled you.
I hope Nunes wins this lawsuit.
Conservatives finally fighting back. Wonderful!
Hell, if that works, Trump could make more from this than any of his business ventures. His twitter feed is disgusting.
I was one that was shadow-banned. Any class actions hopefully being spawned from this?
Ex-boxer well spoken. Nick Sandman is punching back and now Kevin Nunes is. If your not makin money you aint makin sense.
This is exactly the common carrier test needed. Either it’s a common carrier, liability-free regarding content - or it’s not, and it’s liable. The former is what Twitter claims; the latter appears to be the reality.
Remember that Nunes is read into signals intelligence programs that have very limited distribution. My favorite super secret source in Washington suggested, yesterday, that some probing of Twitter was taking place to expose their corruption. As our beloved President Donald J. Trump likes to say: “We’ll see!”
I got banned from Twitter......for using the EXACT same language in a Tweet directed at a prominent and famous liberal as she used against Trump........in fact I pretty much replaced Trump with her name....and I got banned for hateful conduct
Great news! but will is have a chance to succeed? Anyway, glad he is fighting back!!!
Yep its true..Thank U Devin Nunes for having some balls to go after these bastards
Finally someone is fighting back against Twit. My account was suspended because I said something not nice about illegals. Yet Peter Fonda account was never suspended even though he wanted Barron Trump kidnapped. That was so vile but he still has his account. All I said about illegals is that they bring trash across the border like drugs, human trafficking, and such. I never I wanted them harmed nor did I call them trash. O well, actually I don’t miss Twat at all.
An elected Republican fighting back!
Hey I like that expression :)
And those punches hurt and I wasn’t getting paid! After several years I had headaches all the time.
You’ve seen my posts. They’re crazy as it is.
Imagine what they’d be like had I boxed another year!!
That scumball Liz Mair was a McTurd acolyte.
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