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Musk's X sues a group that works to stop hate speech

Musk’s X sues a group that works to stop hate speech

A nonprofit that combats hate speech and misinformation was sued on Monday by social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, on the grounds that it had made misleading claims and urged advertisers to stop spending money on the platform.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) received a letter from X, owned by Elon Musk, threatening legal action for an undisclosed amount of damages, according to earlier reports in American media.
Lawyers for the CCDH responded to that letter by charging X with “intimidating those who have the courage to advocate against incitement, hate speech, and harmful content online.” They said that X’s accusations lacked any validity in reality.

The lawsuit is a result of a media article from July that indicated findings from CCDH research showing that hate speech against minority communities had surged on the site.

The article was dismissed as untrue by X and its CEO Linda Yaccarino, who added that it was based on “a collection of incorrect, misleading, and outdated metrics, mostly from the period shortly after Twitter’s acquisition.”

On Monday, X accused the CCDH of breaking its conditions by accessing its data without permission and of using its platform to scrape data. X claimed this in a blog post.

It emphasized that the measurements from the research were taken out of context and used to infer unfounded things about X.

A request for comment made outside of usual business hours received no response from the CCDH.

X has filed lawsuits in Texas and Israel against Israel’s Bright Data and four unnamed businesses for data scraping.

A request for comment made outside of normal business hours was not answered by the CCDH.

In Texas and Israel, X recently filed litigation for data scraping against four unnamed parties including Bright Data.

 

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