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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 NunesMcCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues 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) GaetzRural community leaders call on Gaetz, Greene to 'stop dividing America' ahead of US tour Gaetz, Greene start tour of America Liz Cheney: A profile in courage MORE (R-Fla.), Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan says 'votes are there' to oust Cheney from GOP leadership Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Facebook board decision on Trump ban pleases no one 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.