Judge rejects Musk’s ‘lawsuit’ against organization that denounced growing hate at X

A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by social network X, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, against the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which denounced the proliferation of hate speech on the platform. Last July, Musk and X accused the CCDH of launching a campaign to discredit the social network and intimidate advertisers with studies that “falsely” attributed a rise in malicious content.

Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California dismissed the case, saying in his ruling that the lawsuit filed by Musk’s company is a “vulgar” attempt to censor CCDH. “This is a case to punish the accused for speaking out,” the judge explained. Breyer also denied accusations by X Corp., Musk’s company that controls the social network, that CCDH illegally obtained the data on which it based its analysis.

“X Corp. brought this case to punish CCDH for CCDH publications that were critical of X Corp. and to potentially deter others who wish to engage in such criticism. If the CCDH publications were defamatory, it would be different, but X Corp. avoided saying it was,” the judge adds.

CCDH Executive Director Imran Ahmed described Musk’s actions in a statement as “a loud and hypocritical campaign of harassment, abuse and ‘legalism’.” “We hope this historic decision will encourage investigators around the world to continue and strengthen their vital work in holding social media companies accountable for the hate and misinformation they contain, as well as the harm they cause,” Ahmed added.

For its part, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) welcomed the decision, saying it protects the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Alex Abdo of Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute added: “This is an important decision that defines Elon Musk’s lawsuit, an attempt to punish his critics for constitutionally protected speech and researchers to study their platform. ”

Although Elon Musk did not directly respond to the proposal, the businessman echoed the user’s message in his X account, noting: “This platform always fights for freedom of expression.”

Source: El Diario

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