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Musk's X Corp loses lawsuit against hate speech watchdog

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March 25 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed X Corp's lawsuit against a nonprofit group that has criticized a rise in hate speech on the social media platform once known as Twitter since Elon Musk took it over.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco granted the dismissal request by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, saying it appeared that Musk targeted the nonprofit because he didn't like what it stood for.

"It is impossible to read the complaint and not conclude that X Corp is far more concerned about CCDH's speech than it is its data collection methods," Breyer wrote in a 52-page decision.

X had sued the nonprofit last July, saying it breached its user contract by improperly scraping and cherry-picking data to create false and misleading reports that Musk let X become a haven for hate speech, extremism and other misinformation.

According to the complaint, the nonprofit's "scare campaign" was intended to drive away advertisers, and caused tens of millions of dollars in damages.

X's lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Lawyers for the Center for Countering Digital Hate had no immediate comment.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

((jon.stempel@thomsonreuters.com; +1 646 223 6317; Reuters Messaging: jon.stempel.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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