by BETH CONTRERAS
Devin Nunes (R-Calif) of District 22 filed a suit in Virginia on Saturday against Twitter and several of its users for over 250 million dollars. Two defendants included in this lawsuit consist of a parody account named “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and another called “Devin Nunes’ Cow”. The ‘cow’ account, which had only about 1000 followers when Nunes announced the lawsuit, has skyrocketed to over 200k followers, and the two anonymous parody accounts have been gaining attention since his statement release. Nunes accuses Twitter of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory” despite the issue that there has been no released or leaked proof of Twitter monetizing abusive content considering their strict safety rules of the platform. Recently, many conservatives have been blaming social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for censoring views that pertain towards the right wing, leading Trump to go onto Twitter to make the following statement: “Facebook, Google, and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are so on the side of the Radical Left Democrats”. While opinion plays a large factor in this lawsuit and in the eyes of the public, Twitter makes sure to remove or suspend accounts that “target individuals or an entire protected category with hateful conduct”, which is described above under Twitter’s Rules and Policies. Even so, Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act allows internet services, such as Twitter, with immunity from liability of posts by their users. Nunes has also accused the app of “shadowbanning” conservatives, which is defined in modern technology terms as the act of partially blocking a user so that other users may not see their posts, despite them still posted, and the user is unaware that they have been removed from insights and views of other users.