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Nunes suggests possible legal action against Twitter for ‘censoring’ conservatives

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Rep. Devin Nunes (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 Gaetz (R-Fla.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (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.

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