Headline RoundupNovember 21st, 2023

Elon Musk Sues Media Matters Over Anti-Semitism Accusations

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The feud between Media Matters (Left bias) and Elon Musk escalated this week after Musk sued Media Matters for their report accusing Musk’s social media platform of placing advertisements next to anti-Semitic content.

For Context: Last week, Media Matters published an article accusing Elon Musk’s social media platform X, formerly Twitter, of “placing ads for major brands … next to content that touts Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party.” Following the report, Apple, IBM, and other companies paused advertisements on the platform. In response, X sued Media Matters, stating it “knowingly and maliciously manufactured side-by-side images depicting advertisers’ posts on X Corp.’s social media platform beside Neo-Nazi and white-nationalist fringe content and then portrayed these manufactured images as if they were what typical X users experience on the platform.”

“Left-Wing Propaganda”: A writer for The Federalist (Right bias) characterized Media Matters as a “left-wing propaganda shop whose sole reason for existing is to churn out deceptive, fake studies designed to pressure large firms to pull advertising from media outlets and platforms that don’t toe the leftist line.” The writer questioned the methodology of Media Matters’ research, accusing it of manipulating X’s algorithm.

“Right-Wing Anti-Semitism”: A follow-up article from Media Matters accused “Prominent right-wing commentators” of an “unprecedented foray into antisemitism that drew cheers from white nationalists for its explicit nature,” stating that notable right-rated voices were propagating anti-Semitic rhetoric to “maintain influence and profit by staying keenly attuned to the interests and grievances of their audiences.”

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