The Nunes lawsuit is based on the fact that two parodic accounts – @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow – have defamed Nunes with the help of the third defendant, strategist Liz Mair. Twitter is also named in the lawsuit to just let that happen. He also mentions "the prohibition of shadows," a false assertion frequently made by conservatives on Twitter that the platform removes their tweets.
The entire deposit makes about 40 pages and can be read herebut below you will find a selection of the parts that made us the most.
The accounts in question
We thank @DevinNunesMom for giving new life to the joke category "your mother". The account, now suspended, had the word "parody" in his Twitter biobut that was not enough to keep him out of the way. Still, it is amusing to imagine that Nunes is triggered by such a provocation similar to that of a schoolyard.
@DevinCow is more imaginative, as he exploits the beginnings of Nunes' life as he grows up on a farm. A hilarious fallout: @DevinCow, you have attracted thousands of followers on Twitter through trial. Probably not the effect that Nunes was hoping for.
It is also interesting to note that although Liz Mair is named in the lawsuit, the libel suit against her is mostly separated from that of the parodic accounts. The only thing that connects the two is 2018 tweet from Mair who shouted @DevinCow.
The lawsuit finally accuses the accounts of a "concerted defamation campaign (…) to cause immense pain, intimidate, embarrass and distract Nunes' attention from his investigation of corruption and corruption. Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election ".
If the survey to which we are referring here is in fact the now famous Nunes MemoThis makes the argument even more laughable as the memo ends up contradicting itself and is ultimately about being a burger that does not get bigger.
The lawsuit focuses on the @DevinNunesMom account now removed and, boy, do not disappoint. The tweets cited in the lawsuit include some real truths, such as:
- "The mother of Devin Nunes said that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl"
- "falsely stated that Nunes would probably join the" Proud Boys "if there was not this regrettable rule of" nomasturbating ""
"and even falsely stated that Nunes has" herp-face ""
But this is nothing compared to some of the screenshots they put in the trial:
But even that did not correspond to the tweet that played the main role. Human Centipede map.
As for @DevinCow, the trial focuses on critical tweets that are far more offensive to word games.
Devin's boots are full of manure. He is extremely perverse and it is time to like him in jail. The flock supports @JanzforCongress: Resident of the valley, anti-crime prosecutor. # CA22 needs a representative who works for us, full time https://t.co/SizKWRN9kx
– The cow of Devin Nunes (@DevinCow) October 12, 2018
These tweets are ridiculous as they stand, but they seem even more absurd in the context of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Yes, some cross the line and become petty. But it's hard to be nice to Nunes here because I've been silent on many, many more intrusive things. examples of harassment on Twitter.
It's as if Nunes was shocked to hear that people would say nonsense about elected officials, which is more of an American tradition. going back to its beginnings.
& # 39; Dirty Devin & # 39;
In the description of the defamation suit against Mair, the lawsuit underlines the nickname that Mair gave to Nunes: "Mair's tweets about Nunes, for example, disdainfully referred to Congressman," Dirty Devin. "Oh, l & # 39; horror.
As with the "nasty tweets" cited in the complaint, Nunes' complaint ignores the fact that the same behavior is presented by President Trump, of which he is a strong advocate.
This complaint about Twitter
At one point, while discussing Twitter's lack of action regarding your complaint, the trial emphasizes, in bold, "Twitter has done absolutely nothing."To that, anyone who has ever been threatened or harassed on the platform can answer:" No kidding. "
It's as if Nunes and his team discovered earlier that Twitter is a problematic tool.
The scam "prohibition of the shadow"
The lawsuit also regurgitates the claim that Twitter suppresses conservative voices. Except that it is not true. As we have detailed in 2018, the incidents that led to the Conservatives' claims had everything to do with the Pizzagate trolls on the far right and nothing to do with the current repression of freedom of expression.
Twitter is also largely protected from Nunes' defamation charges against her through the Communications Decency Act which protects the platforms from lawsuits based on what its users say.
Not that it really matters to Nunes. Of course, maybe his feelings are really hurt, but considering the fact that Trump and others have repeatedly taken the strengthening of the laws on defamation – the old syndrome "you can not take what you distribute" – this could be the establishment of more harmful actions to come.
And a lot of money raising money on these idiotic tweets of a fake cow.