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Free speech for the right wing and no one else in anti Semite Elon Musk's 'free speech' world

Elon Musk’s Twitter sued the watchdog group Media Matters for America for defamation on Monday after the nonprofit published a report about ads for major brands appearing alongside posts touting Nazism.

Media Matters first published details Thursday about the spread of Nazi-related content on the social media platform, formerly known as Twitter, saying Twitter had been placing ads for major brands, including Apple, IBM and Comcast’s Xfinity, next to offending content. The research group published screenshots of posts praising Hitler that ran adjacent to the ads shortly after Musk seemed to endorse an antisemitic conspiracy theory on the site.

The report prompted a fresh wave of criticism for Twitter, and many advertisers suspended their ad buys.

But Twitter claimed in the suit — filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas — that Media Matters “knowingly and maliciously manufactured” an account that manipulated the company’s algorithm to see offending content.

“Undeterred by the truth, Media Matters has opted for new tactics in its campaign to drive advertisers from Twitter,” the suit says. “Media Matters has manipulated the algorithms governing the user experience on Twitter to bypass safeguards and create images of Twitter’s largest advertisers’ paid posts adjacent to racist, incendiary content, leaving the false impression that these pairings are anything but what they actually are: manufactured, inorganic, and extraordinarily rare.”

Media Matters rejected the lawsuit’s claims.

“This is a frivolous lawsuit meant to bully Twitter’s critics into silence. Media Matters stands behind its reporting and looks forward to winning in court,” Angelo Carusone, the watchdog’s president, said in a statement. “Onward!”