22 Nov 2023

X, formerly Twitter, suing Media Matters for defamation

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 22 November 2023

X, the social media network formerly known as Twitter, is suing a media watchdog group for defamation.

Media Matters published a report accusing the platform of placing ads from major corporations next to neo-Nazi and white nationalist content.

In the lawsuit, filed on Monday, X accuses Media Matters of manipulating data to "drive advertisers from the platform and destroy X Corp".

X owner Elon Musk had over the weekend threatened to file a "thermonuclear" lawsuit against Media Matters and anyone who colluded in what he called a 'fraudulent attack' on his company.

CNN's Clare Duffy spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.