Republican sues Twitter, parody accounts

Republican Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some parody accounts.
Republican Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some parody accounts.

California congressman Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $US250 million ($A352 million), accusing them of defamation and negligence.

The defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow".

The suit filed in Virginia accuses Twitter of "knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory".

Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act provides internet services with immunity from liability for material posted by their users.

The Republican's lawsuit also accuses Twitter of censoring "viewpoints with which it disagrees" and "shadow-banning conservatives".

Shadow banning allows users to post freely - but no one else sees their messages.

Twitter has denied shadow banning although some political conservatives, including President Donald Trump, remain unconvinced.

Australian Associated Press