Twitter is in a lawsuit of a quarter of a billion dollars after a California representative filed a lawsuit in Virginia on Monday.
Devin Nunes, a Republican who represents California's 22nd congressional district, including the San Joaquin Valley as well as parts of Tulare and Fresno counties, filed a defamation suit against the social media giant.
Nunes' lawyers say Twitter played a key role in slowing its re-election campaign in 2018 after winning much stronger margins in previous reelections. The complaint indicates that Twitter has allowed "fake accounts" to slander Nunes, including a user who allegedly claimed to be Nunes' mother.
The lawsuit seeks no less than $ 250 million in damages and $ 350,000 in punitive damages for what Nunes' lawyers call defamation, conspiracy and negligence against the multiple-term Congressman.
The lawsuit called Twitter a "modern part of American democracy" that overstepped its borders by not interfering in the negligence of third parties, determined to destroy the Nunes 2018 campaign.
"Twitter created and developed the content in this case by turning false accusations of criminal behavior, alleged wrongdoing, dishonesty and lack of integrity into a publicly available product used by agents. unscrupulous policies and their donors / customers as a weapon, "he added. declared. "Twitter is" responsible "for the development of offending content on its platform, as it specifically encourages the development of offensive content."
Fox News reported Monday that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had previously said that Twitter was a private company that had the right to censor, according to his testimony before Congress.
Elizabeth A. "Liz" Mair, who allegedly played Nunes' mother and posted scathing anti-Devin Nunes posts in an attempt to paint Nunes as unfit for office.
The lawsuit goes on to say that Mair lives in Virginia, a state where Twitter is allowed to operate outside of its Delaware or California headquarters, according to the lawsuit.
Part of the lawsuit indicates that Nunes won many elections for his seat by a comfortable margin, but he has only collected 52% of the vote in 2018, which the lawsuit claims to not be typical of Nunes.
"In 2018, during his last reelection for the 22nd congressional district, Nunes suffered an orchestrated smear campaign of staggering magnitude and scope, which no human should have to endure. and to suffer all his life, "said the prosecution. "Unlike previous elections, where the Nunes had won an overwhelming majority on November 6, 2018, they won a much narrower victory, getting 52.7 percent of 222,379 votes. Malicious, false and defamatory statements and continued attacks on Nunes' reputation did not stop after his victory in the congressional general elections in 2018. The defamation continues. It has to stop.
The lawsuit used several paragraphs to outline the instructions for using Twitter, then said: "@LizMair, @DevinNunesMom, @DevinCow, @fireDevinNunes and @DevinGrapes repeatedly on Twitter and on Twitter, reproaching content insulting and hateful about Nunes that expressly violated Twitter's terms. Rules."
He goes on to say that "Twitter has done nothing" to investigate its users and that this has ultimately affected the outcome of the elections.
"Twitter's actions have affected election results. The combination of the shadow ban and Twitter's refusal to apply its terms and rules to clear and current abuse and hateful behavior has caused Nunes to lose the support of its constituents. Twitter's actions also undermined Nunes' investigation into corruption and Russia's participation in the 2016 presidential election, "the lawsuit said.
Nunes' claim indicates that Twitter was intended to crush the Conservatives in the last election, calling it even a "conservative" ban.
"Twitter allows" advertisers to promote their brands, products and services, improve their visibility and reach, and complement and expand the conversation around their advertising campaigns "in different ways.
The 40-page document obtained by Fox News features examples of Mair using videos, tweets and even Californian media like Fresno Bee "Smear" Nunes in the election.
Nunes 'lawyers said Mair used the nickname "Devin Nunes' Mom" without Twitter's consent to send incessant tweets "for the sole purpose of attacking, defaming, belittling and belittling Nunes".
The allegations include "obstruction of justice", "perjury" and other complaints against the California congressman.
"In her never-ending stream of tweets, Devin Nunes' mother has maliciously attacked all aspects of character, honesty, integrity, ethics, and fitness. Nunes to perform his duties as a member of the US Congress, "says the lawsuit.
Devin Nunes & Mom's account made all sorts of claims against Nunes, including soliciting prostitutes, using cocaine, and associating vulgarity and malicious statements through tweets addressed to the legions. followers who seemed to follow – although the trial does not say whether all the faithful were anti-Nunes or not.
"The substance and timing of tweets, retweets, responses and criticism from Mair, Devin Nunes 'mother, and Devin Nunes' cow demonstrate that the three bad actors have been and are engaged in a joint effort, jointly and with others, to defame Nunes and interfere with his duties, his job and his investigations of corruption as a member of the US Congress, "says the lawsuit.