Alleging "shadow-banning conservatives" to influence 2018 midterm elections, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has filed a lawsuit over $250 million against Twitter and a handful of its users, Fox News reported Monday.
"Twitter is a machine," Steven Biss, Rep. Nunes' personal attorney, told Fox News. "It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes intends to hold Twitter fully accountable for its abusive behavior and misconduct."
Nunes' lawsuit filed in Virginia state court Monday alleges defamation, conspiracy, and negligence, seeking compensatory damages of $250 million and punitive damages of $350,000, because Twitter "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," according to the report.
Nunes is also seeking an injunction to force Twitter to turn over identities to accounts he claims harassed and defamed him, Fox News reported.
"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, according to Fox News.
"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."
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