Here’s Why Devin Nunes’ $250 Million Twitter Lawsuit Is Hypocritical [Opinion]
Going back to the times of George Washington, American politicians have always been mocked. While these attacks once occurred in newspapers and cartoons, they now take place on social media as well.
Social media attacks, specifically on Twitter, have gotten under the skin of congressman, Devin Nunes (R-CA). Yesterday, Nunes announced a lawsuit against multiple Twitter accounts who have mocked him online. Considering that Nunes has railed against frivolous lawsuits in the past, his latest suit is completely hypocritical.
In February of 2017, Nunes co-sponsored a bill called the, “Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act.” Nunes now feels that the parody Twitter accounts are used both to mock him and suppress conservative viewpoints.
Last Congress, Devin Nunes cosponsored a bill called the “Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act”https://t.co/muQ0FhmUO7
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) March 19, 2019
Nunes told Sean Hannity, “This was an orchestrated effort. People were targeting me,” One of the accounts Nunes is suing is Devin Nunes’ Cow, which features benign jokes such as, “He’s udder-ly worthless and it’s pasture time to mooove him to prison.”
Nunes’ suit also claims that platforms like Twitter have been silencing conservative voices. Many of these accounts, however, were removed for spreading disinformation.
In September of 2018, Twitter permanently banned Alex Jones and Infowars. The site wrote, “Today, we permanently suspended Alex Jones and Infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy.
As we continue to increase transparency around our rules and enforcement actions, we wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case. We do not typically comment on enforcement actions we take against individual accounts, for their privacy.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
Recently, the site also banned controversial conservative activist, Jacob Wohl. The ban came the same day that Wohl told USA Today that he planned on creating fake accounts on the site. The accounts would then be used, “to steer voters to what we feel are weaker candidates compared with Trump.”
While Nunes has faced heavy criticism for the lawsuit, he plans to file many more. He told Hannity, “This is the first of many lawsuits that are coming. But there were several fake news accounts, whether it was in regard to the Russian investigation or to me, and we have to hold all of these people accountable. Because if we don’t, our First Amendment rights are at stake here.”
Apparently, frivolous lawsuits both Devin Nunes, unless he’s the one filing them. Hypocrisy at its worse.