What a buffoon!
Courtesy of CNN:
California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes cannot sue Twitter over allegedly defamatory remarks made about him by satirical accounts pretending to be his mother and a cow, a Virginia judge ruled Wednesday.
Twitter is immune to Nunes’ claims of defamation and negligence, the judge said, because the company is protected by a critical law at the heart of a roiling policy debate in Washington: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The court decision offers the most recent example of how the 1996 law has shielded tech companies from litigation. And the ruling could inflame the law’s critics, a group that includes President Donald Trump and other Republicans who have made unfounded claims that social media platforms have a systemic bias against conservative viewpoints.
Nunes sued Twitter, the two satirical accounts and a third Twitter user in March 2019, demanding $250 million in damages and that the anonymous accounts be unmasked.
Among the accounts Nunes targeted in his complaint were @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow. The complaint included screenshots and quotes of tweets that Nunes claimed were evidence of a defamatory conspiracy.
The very idea that a sitting member of Congress would try to sue a parody account featuring a cow because it hurts his feelings seems more like an SNL skit than something happening in the real world.
But this is in fact the world in which we live now.