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Background

Elon Musk’s social media platform, X, and Musk himself faced a major setback in court. A judge dismissed their lawsuit against the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a non-profit that monitors hate speech on social media.

Judge’s Ruling

The judge ruled that X’s lawsuit was an attempt to silence CCDH’s criticism of X’s handling of hate speech. He stated that the lawsuit was “unabashedly and vociferously” about punishing CCDH for their speech.

CCDH’s Reports

CCDH had published reports highlighting the lack of action taken by X against users who spread hate speech. In response, Musk and X threatened legal action against CCDH.

Musk’s Attacks

Musk personally attacked CCDH on X, accusing them of trying to harm Twitter’s business. He threatened to “pull the mask off” the organization.

Anti-SLAPP Law

The judge dismissed the lawsuit under anti-SLAPP law, which protects defendants from frivolous lawsuits aimed at silencing criticism. The judge found that X’s lawsuit was intended to punish CCDH for their critical publications.

CCDH’s Response

CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed stated that they remained confident in their research and advocacy, despite Musk’s harassment and legal threats.

X’s Appeal

X has announced plans to appeal the decision.