Congressman Devin Nunes has sued Twitter for $250 Million over conservative censorship, shadow bans, and smears.
“Twitter is a machine,” Nunes’ personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News. “It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes intends to hold Twitter fully accountable for its abusive behavior and misconduct.”
“Access to Twitter is essential for meaningful participation in modern-day American Democracy,” the complaint stated. “A candidate without Twitter is a losing candidate. The ability to use Twitter is a vital part of modern citizenship. A presence on Twitter is essential for an individual to run for office or engage in any level of political organizing in modern America. That is because Twitter is not merely a website: it is the modern town square. Twitter is equivalent to the private owner of a public forum who has fully opened its property to the general public for purposes of permitting the public’s free expression and debate. That is, in fact, what Twitter has always claimed to be.”
Federal law normally exempts services like Twitter from defamation liability at all levels, but Nunes’ suit says the platform has taken such an active role in curating and banning content, as opposed to merely hosting it. The lawsuit says Twitter should face liability like any other organization that defames. We concur.
“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.”
The lawsuit includes many individuals including Liz Mair who runs Mair Strategies and used to work for the RNC.
“As part of its agenda to squelch Nunes’ voice, cause him extreme pain and suffering, influence the 2018 Congressional election, and distract, intimidate and interfere with Nunes’ investigation into corruption and Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election, Twitter did absolutely nothing,” the complaint stated.
“The shadow-banning was intentional,” the complaint continued. “It was calculated to interfere with and influence the federal election and interfere with Nunes’ ongoing investigation as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Twitter’s actions affected the election results. The combination of the shadow-ban and Twitter’s refusal to enforce its Terms and Rules in the face of clear and present abuse and hateful conduct caused Nunes to lose support amongst voters.”
The lawsuit cited numerous articles, including a Vice News story from last summer, reporting that Twitter had, for a time, downplayed the visibility of prominent conservatives in its search results.
This is the first major shots fired against a social media company for censoring conservatives. Many including myself have been complaining for almost two years about the censoring of conservatives on Twitter.
Examples of Liz Crokin and Laura Loomer being banned, while liberal accounts like Keith Olbermann, Tom Arnold, Alyssa Milano among others are still active is absurd. Crokin and Loomer didn’t say or do 1/10th of what the liberal accounts I mentioned did. Yet those accounts are still active and the conservative accounts are banned by Twitter.
Justice is coming, and I thank Congressman Nunes for having the courage to file this.