Twitter briefly locked Rep. Devin Nunes out of his account after the Republican lawmaker failed after repeated attempts to get past the social media company’s anti-spam filters, according to a report on Wednesday.
Twitter said Nunes of California couldn’t complete a reCAPTCHA puzzle that requires users to identify images to prove they are humans and not bots and was blocked from the account, Business Insider reported.
“Our automated systems took enforcement action on the account in error and it has since been reversed. The enforcement action was taken as a result of the account’s failure to complete an anti-spam challenge that we regularly deploy across the service,” a Twitter spokesperson told the website.
It’s not clear whether Nunes or a staffer was responsible for muffing the reCAPTCHA.
Nunes sued Twitter for $250 million in March 2019, accusing the social networking site of censoring conservative content. In the suit, he also named two parody accounts – “Devin Nunes’ Cow” and “Devin Nunes’ Mom” – that mocked him and promoted Democratic candidates.
A court tossed the case in June 2020, ruling that social media companies cannot be held liable for what others post on the platform.