Who is @NunesAlt?
Before the official turn-over of power from former President Donald Trump and now-President Joe Biden. A controversy stirred out on Twitter. One of the former President’s allies in the US Congress filed a subpoena for social media giant Twitter to unveil an account of a so-called political troll of the official. The Department of Justice called out a gag order against Twitter to prevent this information to be publicized. Now, it’s too late.
Looking for @NunesAlt account
Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican and also one of the known Trump allies in the Congress, is now facing an interesting controversy under its radar. The said official filed a lawsuit to DOJ to force Twitter to unveil the person or group of persons behind his Twitter troll under an account name of @NunesAlt.
The subpoena was filed last year of November, along with a gag order to prevent the social media giant from sharing the case to the media or public. Now, The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Poulsen, revealed the filing of the said case.
Here’s the excerpt from the revealed document:
“After receiving the Subpoena, Twitter’s counsel promptly contacted the Assistant United States Attorney who had issued it,” according to the filing. “Twitter’s counsel explained Congressman Nunes’s history of litigation and the Congressman’s numerous prior attempts to unmask accounts critical of the Congressman.” In the past two years, Nunes and his campaign committee have brought no fewer than nine lawsuits against various entities for criticizing him, two of which were other Twitter parodies, @DevinCow and @DevinNunesMom, it continues. “In each of these cases, Congressman Nunes sought damages for what he believes were targeted attacks against his reputation, by being called names such as a ‘treasonous cowpoke’ on Twitter, and sought to unmask anonymous commenters critical of his job as a politician,” the filing says. The feds tried to tell Twitter that it was looking into “potential violations of 18 U.S.C. Section 875(c) (threatening communications in interstate commerce).”
What Twitter says to this?
Twitter did not immediately responds to the said filing. However, with the right timing, the social media said on its statement that the filed subpoena “may be related to Congressman Devin Nunes’s repeated efforts to unmask individuals behind parody accounts critical of him.” Twitter even, characterized those efforts as an attempt “to suppress critical speech.”
Business Insider told on its report that they personally talked with the person or persons behind the troll account @NunesAlt. They said that they are just “learning about this just as everyone else is,” and they don’t know why they were involved on the said case.
Biden changed course in social media giants
Former President Trump had been openly-opinionated against social media giants, especially Twitter. In his term, he signed an executive order limiting liability protections for social media companies. However, in Biden’s term now, the said executive order was recently revoked.
The White House has not yet revealed any statements about this decision. Other laws that were signed by the former President were also revoked by the previous administration.