Congressman Devin Nunes is taking legal action against a social media site.
The California Republican has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter. The lawsuit, filed in Virginia, accuses the social media giant of “shadow-banning” in the run up to the 2018 election.
Additionally, Nunes is suing for defamation and demanding that Twitter turn over the names of those users who have “harassed” and “defamed” him.
In the lawsuit, Nunes calls Twitter a “modern day town square” and that any candidate without a Twitter account is “a losing candidate:”
“Access to Twitter is essential for meaningful participation in modern-day American Democracy,” the complaint stated. “A candidate without Twitter is a losing candidate. The ability to use Twitter is a vital part of modern citizenship. A presence on Twitter is essential for an individual to run for office or engage in any level of political organizing in modern America. That is because Twitter is not merely a website: it is the modern town square. Twitter is equivalent to the private owner of a public forum who has fully opened its property to the general public for purposes of permitting the public’s free expression and debate. That is, in fact, what Twitter has always claimed to be.”
To read the entire lawsuit, click here.