The attorney general for the state of Texas announced an investigation into the left-wing activist site Media Matters after tech billionaire Elon Musk filed what he called a “thermonuclear lawsuit” against the organization.
Media Matters sought to pressure advertisers to abandon the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, based on their report claiming that their advertisements would appear next to “white nationalist hashtags.”
Musk vehemently denied the report and accused the organization of completely misrepresenting the “real user experience” on the website to deceive advertisers. Several companies announced that they would end their advertising campaigns on the platform, including IBM, Apple, Disney, Lionsgate, and Paramount.
On Monday, Musk filed his lawsuit, and Paxton announced his investigation very soon afterward.
“Today I opened an investigation into Media Matters for potential fraudulent activity after X CEO Elon Musk accused the left-wing media watchdog group of manipulating data on the social media platform,” said Paxton in a statement on social media.
“We are examining the issue closely to ensure that the public has not been deceived by the schemes of radical left-wing organizations who would like nothing more than to limit freedom by reducing participation in the public square,” he added.
Media Matters previously released a statement about the threat of litigation from Musk.
“Far from the free speech advocate he claims to be, Musk is a bully who threatens meritless lawsuits in an attempt to silence reporting that he even confirmed is accurate,” said Angelo Carusone, president of MMFA. “Musk admitted the ads at issue ran alongside the pro-Nazi content we identified. If he does sue us, we will win.”
Republican Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey also said that his legal team was looking into the accusations against Media Matters on Sunday.
Musk appeared eager to battle with the liberal organization, adding, “The discovery and depositions will be glorious to behold.”
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