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Constitutional Law

Mar. 1, 2024

Elon Musk trying to silence critics, watchdog group says

Musk claims Center for Countering Digital Hate is scouring X (Twitter) for offensive posts to drive away advertisers.

Elon Musk is interviewed at the 2023 New York Times DealBook Summit. (New York Times News Service)

A hate speech watchdog group asked a federal judge on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit in which Elon Musk claims it is driving away advertisers from X Corp. The Center for Countering Digital Hate said Musk’s complaint was an attempt to chill its free speech rights.

But J. Jonathan Hawk, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery who represents X Corp., said the Center for Countering Digital Hate is data scraping the social media site in viola...

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