Well….I just don’t know what to think about this.
Rep. Devin Nunes from California is suing Twitter for $250 million for “shadow-banning conservatives,” including himself, in 2018. According to Fox News…
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.”
Although federal law ordinarily exempts services like Twitter from defamation liability, Nunes’ suit said the platform has taken such an active role in curating and banning content that it should lose that protection and face liability like any other organization that defames.
“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.
This lawsuit also names individual Twitter handles and calls out specific instances where they, in Nunes’ opinion, crossed the line and were defamatory.
Lawsuits like this are incredibly hard to win, but I imagine part of the goal here is to force Twitter to open up in court on how they actually operate as opposed to how they say they operate. We have all heard numerous times that they don’t look to ban conservative content but not many people believe those claims.
Twitter is an independent, private platform that has the right to set its own rules. I don’t see how this lawsuit can sue for that being the case.
I guess we will find out.