The judge said that Twitter is not subject to Nunes’ defamation and negligence because at the heart of a controversial policy debate in Washington: Section 230 of the Communications Regulations Act, the company is protected by an important law.
The court’s decision provides the latest example of how the 1996 law saved technology companies from litigation. The ruling may anger critics of the law, including a group including President Donald Trump and other Republicans, who have made unfounded claims that social media platforms are systematically biased against conservative views.
Nunes sued Twitter in March 2019, two satire accounts and a third Twitter user, demanding compensation of $250 million and exposing anonymous accounts.
However, Judge John Marshall said in a letter to Nunes and Twitter lawyers on Wednesday that the problems in the Nunes lawsuit were “basically similar” to the previous case. In the previous case, the platform was exempted from liability under Article 230.
Marshall wrote in the verdict: “The plaintiff seeks the court to treat Twitter as a publisher or speaker of content provided by others based on its permission or disallowing certain content to appear on its Internet platform,” CNN. “The court refused to do so.”
Twitter said in a statement that it firmly believed that the court had made the right decision.
Spokesperson Katie Rosborough said: “Twitter tweeted fair enforcement of Twitter rules to all global people who use our services, regardless of their background or political background.” He said: “We are constantly working, Serve the public dialogue and will continue to be transparent to the public.”
A spokesperson for the Nunes Congress Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
But earlier on Wednesday, Nunes tweeted links to other social media platforms.
“I prepared some good things for you,” @ DevinCow wrote. “Oh, wait, this is good for me, not good for you.”
Correction: The name of the account disguised as a Devin Nunes cow has been corrected.