(DCWatchdog.com) – Lefties are still trying and failing to swallow the hard pill of actual freedom of speech on X, formerly called Twitter, and now the social media platform’s owner Elon Musk has moved to defend that achievement by suing a leftist nonprofit for defaming his company.
X has now initiated legal action against Media Matters for America, The Hill reports.
The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Texas, accuses the liberal media watchdog of defaming X through reports that major advertisers’ ads appeared alongside posts containing anti-Semitic rhetoric.
The complaint alleges that Media Matters deliberately manipulated X’s features, which allow users to customize their content feed.
X claims Media Matters created a secretive account designed to circumvent typical safeguards, thereby engineering a scenario where objectionable content was paired with brand advertisements.
“The overall effect on advertisers and users was to create the false, misleading perception that these types of pairings were common, widespread, and alarming. Media Matters hid its manipulations through omissions, deceptive image selections, misrepresentations, and secrecy settings,” the lawsuit states.
This legal development follows Musk’s announcement on X that the company would take legal action against Media Matters.
This announcement came after the watchdog group published a report detailing how major advertisers’ content on the platform was displayed alongside white supremacist material.
“The split second court opens on Monday, X Corp will be filing a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and ALL those who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company,” Musk had written in a post.
In response to the lawsuit, Media Matters President Angelo Carusone claimed that the billionaire was trying to silence those who criticize his social media platform.
“This is a frivolous lawsuit meant to bully X’s critics into silence. Media Matters stands behind its reporting and looks forward to winning in court,” she said.
Additionally, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has revealed an investigation into Media Matters for potential fraudulent activities, echoing Musk’s accusations against the Washington, DC-based group.
“If you know me, you know I’m committed to truth and fairness. Here’s the truth. Not a single authentic user on X saw IBM’s, Comcast’s, or Oracle’s ads next to the content in Media Matters’ article,” the Texas Republican said.