Federal court denies Nunes lawsuit against the fake cow Twitter account
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) tried to suppress freedom of speech, namely, to block a parody account in social media, making fun of the legislator. The lawsuit was based on the fact that Twitter is a distributor or publisher of content that Nunes considered offensive.
“Judge John Marshall said in a decision Friday that Twitter was “immune from the defamation claims of” Nunes, R-Tulare, due to federal law that says social media companies are not liable for what people post on their platforms,” reports Fresno Bee.
The Milk Dud is suing me! If Devin’s successful, the Voter Protection Project has pledged to fund our legal defense fund. If he's not, ALL the money will go to defeating Nunes in 2020. #protecttheherd https://t.co/rmllN2pULv— Devin Nunes’ cow ???? (@DevinCow) March 23, 2019
In his lawsuit, Devin Nunes accused the site of encouraging the dissemination of information from a fake account on behalf of Nunes's cow and his mother, which, he said, undermined his reputation and reduced electoral support by 15 percent.
Despite the tarnished reputation, Nunes does not associate this with his poorly performed duties and decided to blame social media.
In response to such an unfounded accusation, website lawyers cited the federal law’s Section 230, according to which, social media platforms are not responsible for content posted by third parties unless they helped develop or create it, reports The Hill.
“Twitter enforces the Twitter Rules impartially for everyone who uses our service around the world, regardless of their background or political affiliation,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “We are constantly improving our efforts to serve the public conversation and will continue to be transparent with the public.”
According to publicly available information, Nunes is extremely dissatisfied with the media and in recent years has filed lawsuits against other mainstream media such as CNN, The Washington Post, Hearst, the owner of Esquire Magazine, and McClatchy, the owner of the largest newspaper in Nunes’ district, The Fresno Bee.
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