Republican Devin Nunes sues Twitter for censoring conservatives, alleges harassment campaign

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In a complaint filed in Virginia state court, Nunes said the social media site 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".

Nunes is seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

"Shadow-banning" is the act of making a user's content invisible or undiscoverable, unbeknownst to the original poster. Nunes has asked the court to reveal the users behind the two parody accounts.

Nunes claims the Twitter attacks against him were "pre-planned, calculated, orchestrated and undertaken" by several people over at least a year.

"We're actually going after Twitter first because they are the main proliferator and they spread this fake news and this slanderous news", Nunes told Fox News. He accuses the website of censoring conservative viewpoints and "shadow-banning conservatives" by causing their names to not appear as auto-suggestions. Twitter earlier this month because Nunes' "real mom" complained, according to the lawsuit.

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is exhausted of being insulted by Twitter accounts like Devin Nunes' Cow, which calls him a "lil' treasonous cowpoke", and the now-suspended Devin Nunes' Mom.

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"Hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil' treasonous cowpoke", the cow account's bio reads. Numerous tweets relayed in the complaint are lewd, including tweets depicting Nunes as a cocaine addict, as having a sexually transmitted disease and as having "engaged in sexual acts with the president". "Which is why Nunes went on hannity last night and said he's baffled at how Twitter got away with this".

The complaint accused Liz Mair (@LizMair), a communications strategist according to her Twitter bio, of accepting money on behalf of clients to collect "oppo" on Nunes and to organize a smear campaign against him before and after his election. "But Devin Nunes ... if there is a theory out there about how conservatives are being taken advantage of by the deep state, by Twitter, you know, Devin Nunes is right there for it".

Years after that pivotal case, in a lawsuit similar to Nunes', Jerry Falwell sued Hustler magazine for a satirical advertisement that portrayed him in an outhouse having sex with his mother.

In the lawsuit against Twitter and a handful of users, the California Republican claims to be the victim of vicious internet trolls, as well as the victim of selective censorship by the social media company.

The US congressman Devin Nunes sent the Twitterverse spiraling into hilarity late on Monday with his lawsuit listing the purported crimes of Twitter users "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow".