Devin Nunes files $250M defamation lawsuit against Twitter, 3 account holders

Wednesday, 20 Mar, 2019

Most of the complaint instead focuses on the three accounts that he claims posted defamatory content, and Twitter's failure to enforce its Twitter Rules and Terms of Service.

The lawsuit says that Nunes "seeks compensatory damages and punitive damages in an amount not less than $250,000,000" for alleged "negligence, defamation per se, insulting words, and civil conspiracy".

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and selected users for $250 million, alleging something he calls "anti-conservative bias", "shadow bans", and "smears". It accuses the social media site of "shadow-banning conservatives" and creating platforms that allowed some users to defame conservatives.

Although deleted now, "Devin Nunes" mom" retweeted many of Mair's claims, and hit the California Republican with salacious and potty-mouthed insults, once "falsely suggesting that Nunes might be willing to give the president a "blowjob'".

The lawsuit lists states that Twitter allowed the abuse and shadow banning against Nunes because it has a "political agenda and motive". The lawsuit calls for Twitter to reveal the hidden identities behind the anonymous accounts.

The lawsuit accused the Devin Nunes' Cow account of orchestrating a year-long defamation campaign against him. "It is a modern-day Tammany Hall". The congressman blames Twitter for allowing them to have a platform, and demands that the social media company remove defamatory messages.

"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 abusive content published by the named Twitter accounts includes impersonating Nunes' mother, and repeatedly publishing content that was hateful, false, vile, depicting Nunes as involved in sexual acts and damaging to his reputation. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) took the issue to court with a lawsuit seeking $600,000 in damages, Fox News reports.

Per the complaint, the account @DevinCow has no such disclaimer and caused Nunes "extreme pain and suffering" by calling him a "treasonous cowpoke" and an "udder-ly worthless" criminal.

The lawsuit goes on to say Mair lives in Virginia, which is a state where Twitter is allowed to conduct business aside from its DE office or California headquarters, according to the lawsuit.

A member of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, Nunes accuses the defendants of working in concert to obstruct his investigations into "corruption and Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election".

But, Twitter added, "We do rank tweets and search results". By the time Nunes filed the lawsuit, Twitter had already suspended Devin Nunes' Mom.