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, The Hill reported.
According to Breitbart some very high-profile accounts have been susceptible to unjust treatment, beyond shadow banning. The most high-profile individual to be banned on this basis was Islam critic Tommy Robinson, who received a permanent ban from Twitter after he posted statistics showing that Muslims are vastly overrepresented in child grooming gangs in the U.K. Robinson is now taking Twitter to court to prove that “facts are now treated as hate.”
The censorship of British accounts is tied to increasing pressure from European governments for social media platforms to censor their users. Robinson claims that 10,000 Twitter accounts have been closed at the request of the U.K. government over alleged “hate.”
Twitter asserted that “shadow banning” is not something the company does, and in a blog post attributed what happened to be an “issue” that was resolved on Wednesday. Twitter also claimed that some Democratic politicians were affected, but did not identify any, and suggested that the GOP problem “had more to do with how other people were interacting with these representatives’ accounts than the accounts themselves.”
Nunes isn’t the only Republican taking a stand against the social networking giant. Gaetz announced last week on Fox News that he filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Twitter because his account didn’t appear in auto-complete search results. “Congressman Gaetz continues to believe that interactive computer services, such as Twitter, should not discriminate against content while simultaneously asserting that they are a nonbiased public forum under federal law,” a spokesperson for Gaetz told Breitbart News.