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Streisand Effect: Nunes Parody Account @DevinCow Has Surpassed Him in Twitter Followers After Lawsuit

Congressman Devin Nunes is learning a hard lesson about the Streisand Effect, thanks to an accidental side effect of his lawsuit against several online critics.

Earlier this week, Nunes filed a $250 million suit accusing Twitter of conservative censorship, and he’s also going after several Twitter users who he claims have defamed his character. One of those accounts named in the suit is Devin Nunes’ Cow, a troll/parody account that was relatively obscure several days ago, but has seen a meteoric rise on the internet and is turning into a prime example of the Streisand Effect.

For those who don’t know, the Streisand Effect, named after actress and singer Barbra Streisand, refers to the phenomenon where an attempt to conceal a certain piece of information causes it to receive mass publicity, ironically making it receive more attention than it might’ve gotten otherwise. Since @DevinsCow‘s Twitter following has jumped up by hundreds of thousands of followers in the last few days, political observers figured it was only a matter of time before the account surpassed Nunes’ actual Twitter following.

And so it has:

As of this writing, @DevinsCow has about 6,000 more followers than Nunes, and political observers are having a ball over this apparent misfire on the congressman’s part:

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