California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, reports Fox News.
In a complaint filed in Virginia state court on Monday, Nunes accuses Twitter of “shadow-banning conservatives,” including himself in order to influence the 2018 elections.
The lawsuit contains an injunction forcing Twitter to reveal the identities behind parody accounts claiming to be his mom, @DevinNunesMom, and one of his cows, @DevinCow. The California congressman claims the accounts have harassed and defamed him.
The @DevinNunesMom account was “a person who, with Twitter’s consent, hijacked Nunes’ name, falsely impersonated Nunes’ mother, and created and maintained an account on Twitter (@DevinNunesMom) for the sole purpose of attacking, defaming, disparaging and demeaning Nunes,” according to the complaint.
“In her endless barrage of tweets, Devin Nunes’ Mom maliciously attacked every aspect of Nunes’ character, honesty, integrity, ethics and fitness to perform his duties as a United States Congressman,” the court filing says according to CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski.
According to Fox News:
Another account named as a defendant was “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” or @DevinCow, which purportedly called Nunes a “treasonous cowpoke” and an “udder-ly worthless” criminal. The timing and substance of the tweets, according to Nunes’ team, suggested that Mair was working jointly with @DevinCow and @DevinNunesMom accounts.
Twitter does allow for parody accounts as long as the account plainly states in their profile that they are a parody.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 18, 2019