Republican Congressman Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit against Twitter on Monday, claiming the social media site has “shadow banned” conservatives and is seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against the social media site.
The California Republican is accusing Twitter of “shadow-banning conservatives” to secretly hide their posts, systematically censoring opposing viewpoints, and totally “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.
As many of you know Gray’s Economy has fallen victim to this practice. In 2018 I would average 3,000 Twitter hits a day to this blog. I am down to 27-30. At one point earlier this year I was getting 3 hits a day from the site. I could see the posts I put on my feed, but when I went to another computer or changed IP addresses I could not see the posts.
The suit comes after a drop on Sunday night, which showed very clearly that the comments and likes for the Tweet were also manipulated with far left commentators being moved to the top despite having less views or likes than the followers of the tweeter.
The suit also accuses Twitter of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory… thereby facilitating defamation on its platform.”
Nunes’s included a number of tweets posted by the user @DevinNunesMom as evidence of the alleged abuse in his suit.
“Between February 2018 and March 2019, Twitter allowed @DevinNunesMom to post hundreds of egregiously false, defamatory, insulting abusive, hateful, scandalous and vile statements about Nunes that without question violated Twitter’s Terms of Service and Rules,” par of the complaint states.