Elon Musk’s X Corp loses lawsuit against hate speech watchdog

Mar26,2024



A US judge threw out Elon Musk on Monday trial Against a non-profit group that blamed him for allowing the rise Hate speech On its social media platform X, formerly Twitter.
US District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco said it was “clear” that Musk X Corporation Sued on Center to Combat Digital Hate (CCDH) because they did not like its criticism and felt that its research would damage X's image and scare away advertisers.
Breyer wrote, “X Corp has brought this case to punish CCDH for CCDH publications critical of X Corp – and perhaps to discourage others who may wish to engage in such criticism.”
He said, “It is impossible to read the complaint and conclude that X Corp is far more concerned about CCDH's speech than its data collection methods.”
Ax said in a statement that he plans to appeal.
The decision is a blow to Musk, the world's third-richest man, who has styled himself as a free-speech champion for years.
But since paying $44 billion for Twitter in October 2022, he has faced widespread criticism from civil rights groups for firing many of the people who policed ​​misinformation and allowing more harmful and abusive posts. has suffered.
Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said in a statement that Breyer's decision reaffirms his group's right “to hold social media companies accountable for decisions they make behind closed doors.”
Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for the nonprofit, said the decision shows Musk “cannot bend the rule of law to his will.”
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X accused the center of violating its 2019 user agreement by scraping and cherry-picking data to create false and misleading reports that Musk turned X into a haven for hate speech, extremism and misinformation.
According to X's complaint filed last July, the nonprofit designed its own “scare campaign” to drive away advertisers, and caused millions of dollars in losses.
Ax had argued that the nonprofit was tied to Musk's policy changes, and that she could leave Twitter if she didn't like them.
Breyer agreed that X's desire for staunch criticism was “entirely justified from a business perspective.”
But he said the nonprofit could not have anticipated when it signed up with Twitter that Musk would eventually take charge and loosen the way it controls user content.
Breyer also dismissed X's claims against the European Climate Foundation, a non-profit based in The Hague, Netherlands that promotes efforts to mitigate climate change.
Ax was accused of conspiring with the Center for Countering Digital Hate to collect data illegally.
ECF attorney Nathaniel Bach said the nonprofit was grateful for Musk's dismissal of the “frivolous” lawsuit.
There have been many complaints regarding Musk's speech.
In November 2023, Musk endorsed an anti-Semitic post on X that said members of the Jewish community were spreading hatred against white people, and said the user had told “the real truth”.
Musk has denied being anti-Semitic and sought to make reforms, including a January visit to Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp in southern Poland.
The case is X Corp v. Center for Countering Digital Hate Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 23-03836.



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