"The Republican Congressman from California is claiming Twitter and "a handful of its users", according to Fox News, have been "'shadow-banning conservatives" including himself to influence the 2018 elections, explicitly and systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and "ignoring' lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.
The lawsuit claims Twitter spread "false and defamatory statements" about Nunes to influence the midterm elections; tried to "intimidate" the congressman, who is now a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee; and sought to "interfere with his important investigation of corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election", according to a copy of the suit obtained by Fox News.
Mair commented Monday after news of the lawsuit broke: "Guys, I'm declining comment on this for now but DEVIN NUNES IS SUING ME".
"Twitter created and developed the content at issue in this case by transforming false accusations of criminal conduct, imputed wrongdoing, dishonesty and lack of integrity into a publicly available commodity used by unscrupulous political operatives and their donors/clients as a weapon", Nunes" lawyers wrote.
Mair declined to comment on Twitter, but provided a link to contribute to her legal bills.
Nunes is seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.
"Twitter is a machine", Nunes' personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News.
Social media sites are usually not subject to defamation liability, according to Fox News, but Nunes claims that Twitter takes such an active role in policing content that it must bear responsibility for damage done to Nunes on the site.
The lawsuit called Twitter a part of "modern-day American Democracy" that overstepped its boundaries by not interfering with negligence from outside parties determined to destroy the Nunes 2018 campaign. Twitter consciously allowed the defamation of Nunes to continue.
Nunes claimed Twitter "shadow banned" his account, purposefully blocking the content he posted and limiting his reach on the site. Twitter's actions affected the election results.
"Defendant, Devin Nunes' Mom, is a person who, with Twitter's consent, hijacked Nunes' name, falsely impersonated Nunes' mother, and created and maintained an account on Twitter (@DevinNunesMom) for the sole objective of attacking, defaming, disparaging and demeaning Nunes", the suit said. The suit highlighted a June tweet from Mair, in which she commented on a Fresno Bee story that "implied that Nunes colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts, that Nunes does cocaine, and that Nunes was involved in a 'Russian money laundering front.'" Nunes has denied the allegations in that report.