U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Charles R. Breyer has dismissed Elon Musk’s lawsuit against the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a non-profit organization that studies toxic content on social media. Last year, Musk X’s company sued CCDH, accusing the Center of spreading misleading statements, illegal data collection, and violating the platform’s rules (yes, you didn’t think there are rules on X – they just depend solely on Elon’s mood). The essence of the complaints against CCDH is the selectivity that was allegedly applied to tweets and comments on X (only negative ones were collected), and in the end scared away faint-hearted advertisers. (The fact that they were actually scared off by their own advertising, for which they paid rough money, next to Hitler’s quotes on X, Musk prefers not to mention.)

In response, the Center for Countering Digital Hatred hinted that their study is just a mirror that clearly reflects the growth of posts with hate speech, racism, extremism and anti-Semitism on Musk’s platform, and complaining about the mirror is futile, and asked the court to dismiss X’s lawsuit. The judge sided with the CCDH.

Sometimes it is difficult to understand what the plaintiff wants to achieve, and only by reading between the lines can one guess his true purpose. This case is one of those cases where the purpose of the lawsuit is quite obvious. Here we are talking about punishment for expressing opinions. It is impossible to read the complaint and not conclude that X Corp. is much more concerned with the results of the CCDH study than with the methods of data collection, and brought this case to punish the CCDH, and presumably to the science of others who would want to criticize X Corp.

Elon Musk, who personally followed this lawsuit, once again called CCDH an “evil propaganda machine” and promised to appeal the decision of the California court. In addition to CCDH, X Corp. is also suing Media Matters for America over the latter’s “malicious” attempts to divert advertisers from the social media platform. This case is being handled by the Texas prosecutor’s office, so Musk has a better chance of success, but Media Matters president Angelo Carusone called Elon “a bully far from free speech” and said that they would win any lawsuit, even a “thermonuclear one”.

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