Twitter is sort of like the Wild West but less civilized and to be honest we kind of like it that way; there’s a lot of hate to sift through, but people say what they want to say and let the rest of the world pass judgment. Unless, of course, you tweet something like “learn to code” and have your account suspended — Twitter does have its limits.
So we’re not sure how to feel yet about this just-announced lawsuit by Rep. Devin Nunes, who has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter alleging defamation and shadowbanning.
From colleague Catherine Herridge. GOP CA Rep Nunes suing Twitter. Alleges it didn't remove defamatory/malicious tweets directed at him & family. From Nunes atty: "Twitter is a machine. It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes intends to hold Twitter fully accountable"
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 18, 2019
Devin Nunes is suing Twitter for defamation and shadow-banning. Nunes alleges that Twitter shadow-banned him to obstruct his congressional investigation into Russian election interference and DOJ/FBI surveillance abuses. https://t.co/KYfW0zwxYi
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) 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 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 alleges defamation, conspiracy, and negligence, and seeks not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he says have harassed and defamed him.
We’re very interested in an argument over Twitter censoring opposing (i.e., conservative) viewpoints, but providing a platform for content that is clearly abusive, hateful, and defamatory? That’s … Twitter, for every person every day who chooses to log on. It’ll be interesting to see where that argument leads.
the judge: pic.twitter.com/u780D0zkHd
— Scotty (@LimpTakes) March 18, 2019
That’s kind of how we’re picturing the defamation part of the suit will go. Fox reports that “federal law ordinarily exempts services like Twitter from defamation liability,” but Nunes is arguing that Twitter “has taken such an active role in curating and banning content” that it should face consequences.
— Red Pills for ALL (@ChrisJohnsenSDC) March 18, 2019
Remember the good laugh we all had when a Twitter project lead said that “election integrity” was the platform’s No. 1 priority? Can’t have that fake news going around.
— Ginger (@Ginger19434828) March 18, 2019
Devin Nunes is handling his business, $250 million of it.
— Sang-ᴀ-Song™🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LordSangOne) March 18, 2019
Twitter is evil.
— Jack Gertz (@GertzJack1) March 18, 2019
This keeps going on and there isn't any accountability for it.
— TRevere (@95Revere) March 18, 2019
I hope he gets a huge settlement
— mollyriley (@mollyri35913891) March 18, 2019
Finally someone is taking a stand
— Deedee71 (@orangecone21) March 18, 2019
Nunes filed the complaint in Virginia state court on Monday, so it’ll be a while before this goes anywhere, if at all.
‘WHOA’! Here’s the Sean Davis tweet that Twitter shadowbanned to ‘keep people safe’ https://t.co/VBUUNmrzew
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 18, 2019