March 20, 2019 | James Varney
Republican Rep. Devin Nunes accused Twitter in a lawsuit Monday of censoring him and other conservatives during the 2018 elections, as the social media giant admitted it goofed in blocking the content of a conservative commentator last week.
Mr. Nunes, California Republican, argues in his $250 million lawsuit filed in state court in Virginia that Twitter has taken a hands-off approach to scurrilous content directed at conservatives because the company has taken sides, positioning itself as an ally of Democratic politicians and liberal positions on most social issues.
The lawsuit taps into a growing body of thought that Twitter and other Internet giants act like publishers in the market, choosing which content to print or block, rather than providers of an essentially neutral platform.
In that guise, Twitter’s “shadow banning” and the permission it grants to those posting defamatory content against conservatives leave the company liable just as a more traditional media outlet could be, the lawsuit argues. “Shadow banning” is a method through which the audience for a user’s tweets is limited…. (Read more The Washington Times)