In suing Twitter over allegedly defamatory accounts on Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has only fueled the trolls mocking him. Parody accounts are now spawning at a rapid rate, and one for his cow the lawsuit cited has skyrocketed in popularity.
The Twitter account @DevinNunesCow grew from roughly 1,000 followers to nearly 200,000 followers in a day. That’s so many moooore.
“#BeButter Devin,” the account’s author wrote on a retweet about the lawsuit. While Twitter’s user policy requires parody accounts to state as such in their bio. But cows don’t have pockets, so how could they carry a smartphone in the first place?
— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) March 19, 2019
According to Fox News, in the complaint Nunes accused the online bovine for causing “extreme pain and suffering” by calling him a “treasonous cowpoke” and an “udder-ly worthless” criminal. The multi-million dollar lawsuit filed in Virginia earlier this week outlines an alleged anti-conservative plot by the platform to defame and censor members of the Republican party including himself.
The complaint also accuses a parody account pretending to be Nunes’ mother of hijacking his identity. Some of that account’s tweets included an image of Nunes and other politicians as a human centipede.
Unsurprisingly, the parody accounts have only multiplied since the lawsuit was filed.
— Senator Irrelevant Internet Person (@sayer_of_stuff) March 19, 2019
There’s now a parody account of Nunes’ father to replace the aforementioned one for his mother that Twitter suspended. There’s also one for his farm, his pig, a mullet he previously sported, and his genitalia.
The representative’s lawsuit has demonstrated one of the golden rules of the internet: Don’t feed the trolls.
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