Not that those who consume mainstream media production and programming would know this given the blackout treatment it is getting, but on Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes of California tossed a grenade in the world of social media. He is suing Twitter for $250 Million (American, by the way) for what amounts to negligence.
California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, who has opened a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter alleging that the social media company negligently failed to remove defamatory and malicious tweets against him and his family, told Fox News on Monday that the lawsuit will be “the first of many.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Nunes said he was going after Twitter first because they “are the main proliferator” of “fake” and “slanderous” news.
“The case we’re basically making is this was an orchestrated effort. So people were targeting me, there were anonymous accounts that were developed … and these accounts are not supposed to exist. Twitter says that they don’t have accounts that do this,” he said.
Nunes’ lawsuit accuses Twitter and a handful of its users of “shadow-banning conservatives” — including himself — to influence the 2018 election by censoring opposing viewpoints. Acknowledging the role that Twitter plays in modern politics, Nunes accused the social media platform of “gaslighting” for all of the news and “proliferating” only the content they supposedly agree with.
“And when they’re regulating us, they’re regulating what people can see on my tweets – which they’ve done – and then they’re proliferating out things that they agree with the algorithms that they develop,” he said. “They need to come clean. They’re not a public square. They are content developers.”
And yet the platform sells itself as a public square. Oops.
Nunes, accused Twitter of a double standard, questioning why the company would allow certain accounts … to attack him “hundreds of times a day.”
“I guarantee you, if I put something out that was sexually explicit or attacked someone personally they would stop it,” Nunes said. “They never did that to any of the people that were coming after me or other conservatives.”