One of the accounts included in the lawsuit filed by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., against Twitter has gained nearly 200,000 followers since news of the legal action broke.
It was reported Monday that Nunes is suing the social media network for $250 million, alleging it shadow bans conservatives and is “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory — providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers — thereby facilitating defamation on its platform.”
One of the parody accounts cited in the lawsuit is named Devin Nunes’ cow (@DevinCow). That account, according to The New York Times and other outlets, went from roughly 1,200 followers Monday to more than 190,000 Tuesday evening. In a five-minute stretch alone, Newsmax watched as the account grew from 189,000 followers to 191,000.
Filed in Virginia on Monday, the lawsuit accuses Twitter of defamation, conspiracy, and negligence. In addition to the $250 million, Nunes is also seeking punitive damages of $350,000. The lawmaker, who served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from 2015-2019, also wants Twitter to reveal the names of users who created the accounts he claims harassed and defamed him.