Politician sues Twitter for $350M

Politician sues Twitter for $350M

A Republican congressman has filed a $350 million legal claim against Twitter for allegedly “shadow-banning conservatives” to influence the 2018 elections.

Californian Republican politician Devin Nunes filed a major legal claim against Twitter seeking almost $AU352.5 million after accusing the social media giant of “shadow banning conservatives” like himself to influence the 2018 US election.

The claim includes $US250 million ($AU352 million) in compensatory damages and $US350,000 ($AU493,000) in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users, accusing them of systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and totally “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behaviour.

In a complaint on Monday, obtained by Fox News, Rep Nunes claimed Twitter wanted to derail his work on the House Intelligence Committee, which he chaired until 2019, as he looked into alleged by the government.

Rep Nunes said Twitter was guilty of “knowingly hosting and monetising content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory — providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers — thereby facilitating defamation on its platform”.

The legal case alleged defamation, conspiracy and negligence, and sought not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he said harassed and defamed him. The case is separate from Nunes’ work on the House Intelligence Committee, where he is now the ranking member.

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