Federal law typically exempts social media platforms from facing charges of defamation, but Nunes argues that because Twitter actively curates the content on its site, it should be held accountable for defamatory content. Nunes attorney told Fox News that the suit is created to "hold Twitter fully accountable for it's abusive behavior and misconduct".
Nunes says he's alerted Twitter, but the site is "ignoring lawful complaints about offensive content and by allowing that content to remain accessible to the public, and (e) by intentionally abandoning and refusing to enforce its so-called Terms of Service and Twitter Rules".
He says he has suffered "substantial insult, humiliation, embarrassment, pain, mental suffering and damage to his reputation" from the Twitter insults.
However, this lawsuit could mean a great deal for how the game of politics is played, and how Twitter censors voices on the internet.
"Mair relentlessly smeared and defamed Nunes during the campaign, filming stunts at Nunes' office in Washington, D.C. and posting them online, publishing videos on YouTube that falsely accused Nunes of multiple crimes, repeatedly publishing false and defamatory statements on Twitter, defaming Nunes online and to the press, and filing fraudulent ethics complaints against Nunes accusing him, inter alia, of violating House Ethics Rules", the lawsuit claims.
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In addition to the monetary damages, the lawsuit - which cites "negligence, defamation per se, insulting words, and civil conspiracy" - seeks to compel Twitter to reveal the names of the people behind the accounts "Devin Nunes' Mom", "Devin Nunes' cow", "Fire Devin Nunes" and "Devin Nunes Grapes", and to permanently suspend a number of users whose posts "contain false and defamatory statements".
The lawsuit claims Twitter spread "false and defamatory statements" about Nunes to influence the midterm elections; tried to "intimidate" the congressman, who is now a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee; and sought to "interfere with his important investigation of corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election", according to a copy of the suit obtained by Fox News.
"Twitter's actions affected the election results".
He added that the First Amendment only regulates the government, not a private entity like Twitter.
"For example, one defendant - communications strategist Liz Mair - published tweets that implied that Nunes colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts, that Nunes does cocaine, and that Nunes was involved in a 'Russian money laundering front'".
"How is it possible that I can be attacked hundreds of times a day by fake accounts that shouldn't be there?" asked Nunes.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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