Social media giant Twitter, now known as “X,” has launched a lawsuit against the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a nonprofit organization that has publicly criticized Twitter for its approach to managing so-called hate speech. This move comes after Twitter had already publicly revealed its intentions to initiate legal proceedings.
The suit, which was filed in a San Francisco federal court, alleges that the CCDH has intentionally been attempting to deter advertisers from associating with Twitter. This is reportedly being achieved through the publication of damaging reports scrutinizing Twitter’s handling of offensive content.
A central claim of the lawsuit is that the CCDH broke federal hacking laws and Twitter’s terms of service. This was ostensibly done by scraping data from the Twitter platform and encouraging an anonymous individual to collect improper information about Twitter that was supplied to a brand monitoring provider.