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Devin Nunes parody accounts spike in Twitter followers after Congressman’s lawsuit

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced his lawsuit against parody accounts Monday, but it seems he wasn’t warned about the Streisand Effect by his lawyers.

The nickname for being legally “self-owned” is derived from a lawsuit filed by Barbara Streisand against Google. In the early 2000s, Google was developing Google Maps and Google Earth with satellite photos that would show everyone’s homes, including the famous vocal artist. Streisand didn’t want anyone to know where she lived or for her home to be featured on Google Maps or Google Earth. By suing Google, her address became part of the public record.

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Nunes is making a similar flub by suing the parody accounts mocking him and calling him names. While Nunes’ Mom was somewhat well known among left activist circles, @DevinCow was new for many Twitter users. In one hour, the cow account doubled it’s Twitter following, according to former Republican consultant Cheri Jacobus. Just 30 minutes later – the followers spiked to triple, bringing its mockery to even more people than before the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also brought about at least one new parody account, Nunes Dad.

UPDATE: After several days of news attention and brutal mockery of Nunes, @DevinCow now boasts over 500,000 followers, while Nunes himself has just shy of 400,000.


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