Attorney General Investigates Media Matters Amid Musk’s Lawsuit Threat

On Sunday, Missouri’s Republican Attorney General, Andrew Bailey, stated that he is investigating allegations suggesting that the leftist organization Media Matters deliberately provided misleading information about X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

The purpose of this alleged misinformation is purportedly to exert pressure on advertisers to withdraw their support from the social media platform.

Bailey issued his statement following an announcement from X’s owner, Elon Musk, on Saturday. Musk revealed his intention to file a lawsuit against Media Matters in response to a report published by the outlet last week.

The report alleged that X was displaying ads for prominent corporations alongside Nazi-related content, leading to major companies such as Apple and IBM deciding to withdraw their advertising from X. Musk asserted that the report was deceptive and aimed at undermining X’s dedication to free speech.

Musk stated that Media Matters had orchestrated a “contrived” scenario by utilizing an alternate account to selectively curate the posts displayed on the timeline. According to Musk, after curating their feed, they consistently refreshed their timelines to identify a rare instance of ads appearing alongside the content they deliberately chose to follow.

Bailey remarked that his team was actively investigating the issue, responding to a post from Musk regarding former Trump advisor Stephen Miller’s claim that Media Matters’ actions constituted both a civil and criminal violation.

Musk contended that the Media Matters report distorted X’s advertising practices. According to him, X’s logs showed that out of the 5.5 billion ad impressions on the day Media Matters conducted its research, less than 50 were actually served alongside the content highlighted by the leftist organization.

Musk explained that in the case of the brand highlighted in the article, two of its ads were displayed next to two posts, occurring three times. This specific ad was only witnessed in that particular context by one user, the author of the Media Matters article.

Corporations swiftly reacted to the Media Matters report. Warner Bros. Discovery, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Lionsgate, and Paramount Global declared their decision to temporarily suspend advertisements on the social media platform. Musk has been accused of anti-Semitism and permitting the presence of Nazi-themed posts on X.

On Sunday, Musk addressed the accusations, saying, “This past week, there were hundreds of bogus media stories claiming that I am antisemitic. Nothing could be further from the truth. I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.”

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