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 NunesHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing Intel hearing showcases political divide over Mueller report 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) GaetzTop Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan GOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall GOP lawmaker says some Trump officials contradicting Pompeo on Iran and al Qaeda MORE (R-Fla.), Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsGOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall Darrell Issa eyes return to Congress Oversight Republicans: 'Hundreds' of migrants in caravans have criminal histories MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOversight Republicans: 'Hundreds' of migrants in caravans have criminal histories Cummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question House Oversight Republicans release parts of Kobach, Trump officials' testimony on census citizenship question 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.