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Judge dismisses X lawsuit against CCDH in hate speech research dispute

Judge dismisses X lawsuit against CCDH in hate speech resear

 A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by X, a platform owned by Elon Musk, against the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).

The ruling, delivered by Federal Judge Charles Breyer, raises questions about retaliation against CCDH for its critical research on hate speech.

The lawsuit, initiated by X last year, accused CCDH of engaging in "scraping" activities on its platform and conducting a "scare campaign" to damage its advertising business.

X alleged that CCDH's research, which highlighted the platform's failure to address hate speech effectively, led to financial harm.

However, Judge Breyer's ruling painted a different picture. He suggested that X's lawsuit was an attempt to punish CCDH for its critical publications rather than address any harm to the platform itself.

According to Breyer, the motivation behind X's legal action appeared to be protecting its corporate image.

Despite the dismissal, X has signalled intentions to appeal the decision, indicating a prolonged legal battle. In response, CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed welcomed the ruling as a victory for free speech and accountability.

Ahmed emphasised the need for federal transparency laws to hold social media companies accountable for their decisions.


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