Nunes suggests possible legal action against Twitter for 'censoring' conservatives

Nunes suggests possible legal action against Twitter for 'censoring' conservatives
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Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Juan Williams: Trump, his allies and the betrayal of America MORE (R-Calif.) suggested on Sunday that Twitter had censored conservative users and said that he and other lawmakers were considering possible legal action against the social media giant.

"We were getting caught up in some type of trap to where people couldn't see our Twitter feed," Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox Business Network's "Sunday Morning Futures."

Nunes's comments came after a Vice News report detailed how Twitter's efforts to crack down on abusive accounts led to some "prominent Republicans" becoming less visible on the platform. Twitter has since fixed the issue, according to the report.

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Nunes said on Sunday that the affected accounts included his own, as well as those of Freedom Caucus members Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCapitol Police advised Gaetz against holding open events I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Gaetz cleared by Florida Bar after Cohen tweet probe MORE (R-Fla.), Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRepublicans suffer whiplash from Trump's erratic week Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Ben Shapiro: No prominent GOP figure ever questioned Obama's legitimacy MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Democratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews MORE (R-Ohio). 

"I don't know what Twitter is up to," Nunes said. "It sure looks to me like they are censoring people and they ought to stop it, and we're looking at any legal remedies we can go through."

Some conservatives have long accused social media sites, like Twitter and Facebook, of political bias against conservatives. The companies have insisted that such issues are not intentional. 

The reported "shadow ban" of certain Republicans on Twitter came as the company seeks to weed out trolls and abusive users to improve the standard of discourse on the site, which critics say has become increasingly toxic and volatile.