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Devin Nunes Sues Twitter For Allowing Users To Make Fun Of Him, It Quickly Backfires

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Twitter for allowing users to insult him. He also sued three users of the social media platform for defamation.

Stung by pointed criticism, Nunes, a fervent Donald Trump defender and the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, claims the users smeared him and the platform allowed it to happen because of a political agenda.

The complaint, which was filed in Henrico County Circuit Court in Virginia on Tuesday, seeks $250 million in damages.

In making his case, Nunes cited a wide variety of tweets that included accusations of criminal misconduct, crude jokes at his expense and relatively banal criticism.

The complaint says the tweets “falsely stated” that Mr. Nunes had brought “shame” to his family and that he was voted “Most Likely to Commit Treason” in high school, and that one of them included a cartoon image of a sexual act with Mr. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. The complaint lists dozens of other tweets he found insulting.

Nunes was a key figure in the House’s Russia investigation and a frequent target for critics who said he was abusing his authority by impeding investigations to protect Trump.

In his lawsuit, Nunes repeated the debunked claim that the social network was “shadow banning” Republicans, including him.

But the lawsuit by Mr. Nunes quickly backfired by having the unintended effect of sharply increasing the reach of @DevinCow, the parody account that had around 1,200 followers before the lawsuit was filed. The account was up to 46,000 followers as of Tuesday morning and rapidly growing.

“I’m not quitting my day job,” the account posted on Monday.

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