Twitter Threatens to Sue Center
Hey there! So, over the past year, Elon Musk has been getting pretty litigious. He’s been throwing legal threats at tech competitors, employees, and even folks who use Twitter, the platform he owns. And now, he’s pointing his legal guns at an organization that’s all about fighting hate speech and misinformation on social media.
The company behind Twitter, known as X Corp., decided to send a letter on July 20 to the Center for Countering Digital Hate. This center is a non-profit that looks into the world of social media and does some research. But here’s the twist – in their letter, X Corp. accused the center of making “a series of troubling and baseless claims that appear calculated to harm Twitter generally, and its digital advertising business specifically.” They even threatened to sue! Yikes.
Now, why did they go all legal eagle on them? Well, the center did some research back in June, looking at hate speech on Twitter, which Elon Musk has cheekily renamed X.com. Their research involved eight papers, and one of them said Twitter did zilch about 99 percent of the 100 Twitter Blue accounts the center reported for “tweeting hate.” X Corp. called this research “false, misleading, or both” and said they used improper methods.
But that’s not all – they also claimed that the center was funded by Twitter’s competitors or foreign governments, all in support of some sneaky hidden agenda.
Imran Ahmed, the big boss at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, wasn’t too pleased. He said that Elon Musk was basically trying to shut down honest criticism and independent research. In his opinion, Musk’s just trying to hush up the bad news and win back the advertisers.
Now, the center also made it clear that they’re not taking any dough from tech companies, governments, or their buddies.
And as if that wasn’t enough drama, Twitter’s advertising game hasn’t been doing so hot since Musk took over last year. U.S. ad revenue for the first five weeks from April 1 to early May dropped by a whopping 59 percent from the year before. Advertisers might’ve gotten a bit jittery because Musk made some big changes to the platform, like axing those rules about what you can or can’t say, and flooding the place with more ads about online gambling and marijuana stuff.
And just to keep things spicy, in May, Musk hired Linda Yaccarino, a former top dog in the advertising world at NBCUniversal, to be Twitter’s new CEO.
This letter to the center isn’t X Corp.’s first legal tango lately. In May, they sent a letter to Satya Nadella, the head honcho at Microsoft, accusing them of being naughty with their data. And this month, they fired another legal warning shot, this time at Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, claiming they swiped Twitter’s secret sauce when making Threads, a new social app.
So, it’s safe to say there’s no shortage of drama in the tech world!
Sure thing, let’s keep this tech drama rolling!
So, it seems like X Corp., under Elon Musk’s command, is not shying away from confrontation. They’ve been throwing legal punches at tech giants left and right. In May, they accused Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, of playing fast and loose with their data. And this month, they set their legal sights on Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram. Their beef with Meta? They’re saying that Meta swiped some of Twitter’s secret ingredients while cooking up Threads, a new social app.
It’s like a tech soap opera, and we’re all waiting to see what plot twist comes next. Will X Corp. and Elon Musk continue to ruffle feathers in the tech world, or will they find some common ground? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, Twitter’s ad revenue has seen better days. Since Musk took the wheel last year, it’s taken a nosedive. Advertisers seem a bit spooked by the changes he’s made, like relaxing the rules on what can be said on the platform and cranking up the volume on ads for online gambling and marijuana products.
To try and turn things around, Musk brought in Linda Yaccarino, a seasoned pro from NBCUniversal, as Twitter’s new CEO. She’s got her work cut out for her in trying to revamp the platform and win back advertisers’ trust.
So, there you have it – the tech world is buzzing with lawsuits, accusations, and major changes. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how it all unfolds. Stay tuned for more juicy updates!