Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is very mad that people make fun of him on Twitter.
He’s so mad, in fact, that he’s bringing a $250-plus million defamation lawsuit against the social media company and his Twitter antagonists, including accounts titled “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.”
Because the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and co-sponsor of the “Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act” apparently has nothing better to do.
In 2018, Nunes “endured an orchestrated defamation campaign of stunning breadth and scope, one that no human being should ever have to bear and suffer in their whole life,” his complaint reads.
Examples of the indignities suffered by the congressman include that someone “hijacked Nunes’ name, falsely impersonated Nunes’ mother, and created and maintained an account on Twitter (@DevinNunesMom) for the sole purpose of attacking, defaming, disparaging and demeaning Nunes.”
The fake “mom” account has since been suspended by Twitter.
Another account, “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” called the congressman a “treasonous cowpoke” and an “udder-ly worthless” felon. This account is still active.
It also accuses GOP operative Liz Mair of publishing tweets implying the congressman had “colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts,” that he “does cocaine,” and that he “was involved in a ‘Russian money laundering front.’”
“The lawsuit alleged defamation, conspiracy and negligence, as well as violations of the state’s prohibition against ‘insulting words’ – effectively fighting words that tend towards ‘violence and breach of the peace,’” Fox explained. “The complaint sought not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he said harassed and defamed him.”
It’s like these people have never heard of the Streisand Effect.
If these Twitter troll accounts are as damaging and hurtful as the congressman alleges, he just gave them a national audience. Thousands and thousands of people who otherwise would have never known about any of this now know (or will soon know) that someone once called Nunes a “treasonous cowpoke” thanks to his lawsuit.
Since announcing his lawsuit, the “Devin Nunes’ Cow” account has gone from 1,000 to 115,000 followers.
That’s called a “self-own.”
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