Monday Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed a lawsuit against Twitter, two parody Twitter accounts, and former Republican National Committee Comms director Liz Mair.
In his lawsuit Nunes alleges that Twitter, along with Mair, Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ Cow, engaged in a conspiracy in order to sway the 2018 Congressional Election.
He also in the lawsuit accuses Twitter of Shadowbanning Conservatives, or view points the company doesn’t agree with, because Twitter has a political agenda.
CNN reports that on Monday, Nunes told Fox News that his lawsuit against Twitter would be the “first of many.”
Nunes is demanding a “trial by jury,” and seeks $250,000,000.00 in compensatory damages, along with punitive damages totaling $350,000.00 He is also seeking interest on the award money to be set at six percent.
At the time the lawsuit was filed with the court, the parody account of Devin Nunes’ Mom, had been suspended, as CNN notes, this was after Nunes’ real mother filed a compliant with the social media giant, the other parody account DevinCow, had under two thousand followers.
At 1 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday @DevinCow now has 404,000 followers, surpassing Rep. Nunes verified Twitter account that has 395,000 followers.
For What It’s Worth
As I am not Lenny Ghoul, I can not explain the tech aspects of what Shadowbanning is/was/never was, I can however speak to what Conservatives are calling “shadowbanning.”
According to Conservatives shadowbanning occurs when tweets do not show, or accounts, when using the search feature do not appear in the drop down menu.
This however, is a feature of Twitter’s algorithm usage, for example, I have followed @Lenny Ghoul on Twitter since early 2015, I follow his poll account since 2017, and now his website account Snip Bytes, that was created in 2019, I do not see all of his tweets pop up in my feed, this was such an issue for the poll account, he created a DM group account to share new polls with us, his first followers. He was not being “shadowbanned,” because the algorithm, is designed specifically for my usage, how I search and who I communicate the most with on Twitter, it has nothing to do with Lenny’s usage or how Lenny communicates with me.
Algorithm’s change by personal Twitter or Facebook usage by the person in question.
If the idea for Nunes was to highlight the hilarious parody account, he did a bang up job at what is called self-owning.
Twitter at Twitter’s Best
Nunes is a congressman who swore an oath to support the Constitution, I find the filing of this lawsuit just yet another attempt at our government to interfere with a private business. Our speech, our Freedom of Speech, is absolute when it comes to the Government’s role, we have it, they can’t punish us for it, mostly, and there was a time that that was a fundamental principle of the Right, and specifically those calling themselves Conservatives. Twitter is not a right, it’s not something we must do, or have to have, Twitter is a social media platform, don’t like it, don’t do Twitter, it’s truly that simple.