Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California joined Sean Hannity on Fox News this week to complain that conservatives are being persecuted by big tech companies, trotting out the Republican talking point that Twitter engages in “shadow bans” for right-leaning users.
“How is it that every day there’s conservatives that are being banned?” he said, referencing Twitter. “The fact of the matter is that people could not see my tweets.”
“If you get emails from Twitter, it’s constantly left-wing stuff, it’s constantly fake news stuff,” Nunes continued.
He went on to demand that Twitter be transparent about the inner workings of its algorithms.
“I think if Twitter wants to be in the public square, and they don’t want to be a content developer, they should come clean,” Nunes said. “Give us all your algorithms. How is it possible that I can be attacked, relentlessly, hundreds of times a day by fake accounts that they claim in their terms of service should not be there?”
Nunes said he guarantees that if he were to post something “sexually explicit” or that “attacks someone personally”, Twitter would put a stop to it.
The social media platform would not do the same for liberal users, the lawmaker insisted, saying that Twitter never censured any of the people who have attacked him.
Hannity noted that Nunes is suing the tech giant for $250 million — a lawsuit that includes three Twitter users as well, including Republican political consultant Liz Mair. The other two accounts, @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow, are parody accounts that trolled the California congressman.
Twitter did ban @DevinNunesMom after the lawmaker’s real mother, Toni Dian Nunes, filed a complaint, according to Roll Call.