In a recent turn of events, Elon Musk’s social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, has taken legal action against Media Matters for America.
The media watchdog had accused X of permitting antisemitic posts alongside advertising, leading to major companies like Apple, Disney, IBM, and Comcast pausing their advertisements on the platform.
X alleges that Media Matters “manipulated” data intentionally to damage the platform’s reputation, claiming that the watchdog manufactured images to portray advertisers’ posts alongside Neo-Nazi and white-nationalist fringe content.
The lawsuit, filed in Texas, asserts that Media Matters aimed to drive advertisers away from X and ultimately destroy the platform.
Media Matters, in response to Musk’s legal threats, labeled him a bully.
The advocacy group had previously reported that ads on X were displayed next to posts supporting Nazism, including Hitler quotes and Holocaust denial.
Elon Musk himself faced accusations of amplifying an antisemitic post on the platform.
The fallout from Media Matters’ allegations has led to several major companies, including the European Commission, Warner Bros Discovery, Paramount, and Lionsgate, withdrawing their advertising support from X.
Musk, vowing a “thermonuclear” lawsuit, faces a strong counter-response from Media Matters, whose president, Angelo Carusone, is confident in winning any legal action.
Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton has also entered the fray, opening an investigation into Media Matters for potential fraudulent activity.
Paxton deems the liberal group a “radical anti-free speech organization” and vows to ensure that the public is not deceived by left-wing organizations seeking to limit freedom in the public square.
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