Devin Nunes 'cow' parody account overtakes Nunes in Twitter followers

A parody account at the center of a lawsuit by Rep. David Nunes (R-Calif.) surpassed Nunes in Twitter followers since the suit was filed.

On Monday, Nunes sued the operator of the account, “Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Hillicon Valley: Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling | Tech legal shield makes it into trade deal | Impeachment controversy over phone records heats up | TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE’ Cow,” along with Twitter itself and an account purporting to represent his mother, for defamation. By the next afternoon, the account had increased its follower count from 1,000 followers to nearly 150,000. 

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By Wednesday afternoon, the account had overtaken Nunes himself in followers, boasting 440,000 to his 395,000.

Nunes’s lawsuit is seeking more than $250 million from Twitter, the two parody accounts and Republican operative Liz Mair. The California Republican accused the social media giant of “facilitating defamation on its platform” by allowing the two accounts to remain active.

Attorney Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News’s "America’s Newsroom" Wednesday that Nunes had “no case at all,” calling it “wrong from a political and ideological point of view.” In response, the parody account quipped that “The guy who defended OJ won’t defend Devin.” 

 

Despite the boost in followers for the account and widespread mockery of the lawsuit, conservatives have renewed claims of bias from tech giants in recent days.

Trump social media director Dan Scavino was briefly blocked from posting after Facebook mistook him for a bot, prompting President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE to pledge to “look into” the decision. Later on Tuesday, Trump accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of colluding to silence conservatives.