Elon Musk sues disinformation researchers, claiming they are driving away advertisers

Elon Musk’s company, X (formerly known as Twitter), is suing the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), accusing the non-profit of using scare tactics to drive away advertisers.

Lawsuit claims: The lawsuit accuses the CCDH of violating Twitter’s terms of service and federal law by scraping data and selectively highlighting posts to depict Twitter as being filled with hate speech.
* The suit further describes the CCDH and its British affiliate as “activist organizations masquerading as research agencies” advocating for internet censorship.

CCDH’s response: The CCDH’s CEO, Imran Ahmed, has defended the organization’s research and said that Musk cannot “bully” them into silence.
* The CCDH is known for its 2021 study that identified 12 individuals as sources of most misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines on social media.
* The CCDH and other outside researchers have noted an increase in hate speech on Twitter since Musk purchased the platform and relaxed posting rules.

Musk’s controversial platform management: Musk has been critiqued for his management approach and policy changes on Twitter.
* These changes include the allowance of controversial figures and groups to regain their Twitter accounts.
* Contrary to claims of increasing hate speech, Twitter asserts that views of hateful content have declined.

On-going controversies: This lawsuit emerges amid other disputes involving Musk and Twitter.
* The Center’s report claiming that Twitter did not act against 99 of 100 tweets reported for violating rules against hateful conduct sparked Twitter’s disapproval.
* The suit also comes as Twitter sees a drop in advertising revenue and users switch to rival platforms like Meta’s newly launched Threads.

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