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Twitter Wins Lawsuit Over "Devin Nunes' Cow" Twitter Feed

Rep. Devin Nunes can't hold Twitter liable for allegedly defamatory posts by Twitter user:


Nunes argued (in the court's words) that "Twitter has a bias towards a point of view and that bias is so extreme that it governs its decisions regarding content that is allowed on its internet platform," so that Twitter should lose its 47 U.S.C. § 230 immunity, and thus become liable for user-posted content.

No, said Judge John Marshall Wednesday in Nunes v. Twitter (Va. Cir. Ct.) (correctly, I think); § 230 regardless of whether an Internet platform engages in viewpoint discrimination.

UPDATE: Originally forgot to include the link; just added it. (Thanks to commenter santamonica811 for the reminder!)