Judge dismisses lawsuit against nonprofit CCDH filed by Elon Musk's X

A federal judge in California recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Elon Musk's company, X, against the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). The lawsuit, which was filed in July, accused CCDH of implementing a "scare campaign" to drive away advertisers and of improperly accessing data from the platform to make false claims about harmful content on X.

The lawsuit followed studies published by CCDH that found an increase in antisemitic and anti-Muslim hate speech on X after Musk took over the company, formerly known as Twitter, in late 2022. In response to the lawsuit, Judge Charles Breyer ruled that the case was clearly about speech and not about breach of contract or unlawful data scraping.

CCDH researchers found that Twitter failed to act on a significant amount of hate speech posted by users, including anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate speech. The nonprofit organization released a statement in response to the ruling, stating that it sends a strong message about censoring criticism of social media companies.

X has expressed disagreement with the court's decision and plans to appeal. Musk is pursuing similar cases against other groups, including an Israeli web data collection company and Media Matters for America. Despite these legal battles, Musk continues to be a prominent figure in the tech industry.

In conclusion, the dismissal of the lawsuit against CCDH highlights the ongoing debate over free speech and hate speech on social media platforms. The ruling underscores the importance of transparency and accountability in addressing harmful content online.


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