X Sues NonProfit Fighting Against Hate Speech for Data Scraping

X Sues NonProfit Fighting Against Hate Speech for Data Scraping

News by Anja PaspaljAnja Paspalj
Published: August 01, 2023

Elon Musk's X, formerly Twitter, has filed another lawsuit in a line of lawsuits regarding data scraping.

On Monday, X sued a nonprofit organization called the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) based on asserting false claims about the social media platform and encouraging advertisers to pause investments.

According to the company, the lawsuit was motivated by a recent media research report by the CCDH which states that there has been an increase in hate speech towards minorities on the now controversial social media platform.

The CCDH publicly responded by saying that X is "intimidating those who have the courage to advocate against incitement, hate speech and harmful content online."

In response to the CCDH’s media report, X’s newly appointed CEO Linda Yaccarino clarified that the research was a "collection of incorrect, misleading, and outdated metrics" that referred to a brief period immediately following Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

Perhaps most importantly, X noted in a blog post that the CCDH gained access to X’s data without any authorization and participated in data scraping.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate is the most recent in a line of lawsuits by X.

The rebranded social media platform filed lawsuits against four more unnamed entities based on illegal data scraping and a violation of X’s terms of use.

Edited by Nikola Djuric

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