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Elon Musk X Corp files lawsuit against anti-hate group

What To Know

  • The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in San Francisco, and Twitter is seeking unspecified monetary damages and an injunction to prevent CCDH from accessing its data.
  • It emphasized that Twitter is a free public service funded primarily by advertisers and accused the CCDH of attempting to obstruct public dialogue through its scare campaign and pressure on brands.
  • The blog post stated that the legal claim was filed against the CCDH and its supporters, accusing the group of targeting individuals across various platforms who express views that do not align with the CCDH’s ideology and attempting to coerce the de-platforming of such users.
  • The CCDH emphasized its commitment to continuing the publication of its research and stated that it would not be intimidated, suggesting that the lawsuit with its perceived “frivolous”.

In a recent development, X Corp, commonly known as Twitter, has taken legal action against The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) after expressing its intention to do so.

According to Bloomberg, Musk’s Twitter accused the anti-hate group of engaging in illegal “scraping” of its servers and selectively highlighting hateful posts as part of a “scare campaign” designed to drive away advertisers.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in San Francisco, and Twitter is seeking unspecified monetary damages and an injunction to prevent CCDH from accessing its data.

In June, the CCDH published a research article asserting that Twitter allowed explicitly racist and homophobic posts, despite its policies against such content. However, Twitter responded by questioning the CCDH’s methodology, arguing that the group failed to study the vast volume of 500 million posts generated daily on the platform.

Musk’s Twitter also suggested that the CCDH might have an “ulterior agenda,” claiming that it received funding from competitors or foreign governments, as reported by The New York Times.

Twitter released a blog post titled “Protecting the public’s right to free expression,” explaining the rationale behind its legal action against CCDH.

It emphasized that Twitter is a free public service funded primarily by advertisers and accused the CCDH of attempting to obstruct public dialogue through its scare campaign and pressure on brands.

Musk’s Twitter asserted that the CCDH scraped its data without authorization from Brandwatch, a Twitter partner responsible for providing “consumer & market insights” and “brand monitoring.”

Twitter criticized the CCDH for citing metrics out of context in their research and making unsubstantiated claims about the platform.

The blog post stated that the legal claim was filed against the CCDH and its supporters, accusing the group of targeting individuals across various platforms who express views that do not align with the CCDH’s ideology and attempting to coerce the de-platforming of such users.

In response to Twitter’s allegations, the CCDH published a letter countering the claims made by Twitter. The CCDH clarified that it never claimed to conduct a comprehensive study and documented the methodology it used.

It refuted Twitter’s assertion that it receives funding from companies or governments. The CCDH emphasized its commitment to continuing the publication of its research and stated that it would not be intimidated, suggesting that the lawsuit with its perceived “frivolous” claims could be risky.

The situation escalated further when the CCDH tweeted that the public has a right to know about Twitter’s handling of hate speech and its connection to @ElonMusk’s leadership.

The nonprofit accused Musk of attempting to conceal the truth about Twitter’s handling of hate speech and emphasized the importance of holding platforms accountable for spreading hate and misinformation.

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