California Congressman Devin Nunes is suing social media giant Twitter. In his $250-million lawsuit Nunes accuses Twitter of shadow banning conservatives.
He also wants Twitter to turn over the identities of users who have “defamed” and “harassed” him, suing specific Twitter users, including @DevinNunesMom, @DevinCow and conservative strategist @lizMair.
In the suit, Nunes called Twitter the “modern day town square.”
“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.”
On Tuesday, Trump was asked about the lawsuit.
President Trump: "I have many, many millions of followers on Twitter, and it's different than it used to be. Things are happening, names are taken off, people aren't getting through." https://t.co/TW8QbPjW4m pic.twitter.com/xXMZwvKqTR
— The Hill (@thehill) March 20, 2019
Read Nunes’ lawsuit here.