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Elon Musk’s X Corp sues the state of California to overturn the content moderation law.

<p>Elon Musk’s X Corp filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Friday in response to a state legislation mandating social media firms to post their policies for handling hate speech, harassment, misinformation, and extremism.</p>
<p>X, a social media company formerly known as Twitter, claimed that Assembly Bill 587 violates its First Amendment and California state constitution rights to free expression.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-174431″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-how-conversational-upi-functions-hello-the-complete-guide-to-voice-based-payments-.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com how conversational upi functions hello the complete guide to voice based payments” width=”1063″ height=”595″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-how-conversational-upi-functions-hello-the-complete-guide-to-voice-based-payments-.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-how-conversational-upi-functions-hello-the-complete-guide-to-voice-based-payments–150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1063px) 100vw, 1063px” title=”Elon Musk's X Corp sues the state of California to overturn the content moderation law. 9″></p>
<p>The “true intent” of the statute, according to X in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, California, was to put pressure on social media corporations to remove information the government considered undesirable.</p>
<p>Musk, a self-described free speech absolutist who purchased Twitter for $44 billion in October, fired several of the staff members in charge of policing and monitoring material as well as unbanned accounts.</p>
<p>Since Musk took control, there has been a surge in the amount of hate speech on X that targets Jews, Black people, homosexual men, and trans people, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Center for Countering Digital Hate.</p>
<p>The wealthiest man in the world, Musk, is also the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, two businesses engaged in space research.</p>
<p>Rob Bonta, the attorney general of California, has said that his office will answer the case in court.</p>
<p>According to AB 587, social media businesses that generate at least $100 million in annual gross revenue must publish semi-annual reports outlining their content moderation procedures and providing information on the quantity of offensive postings and the methods used to address them.</p>
<p>Additionally, firms must give copies of their terms of service under the legislation. Civil penalties of up to $15,000 per violation per day are possible for noncompliance.</p>
<p>The bill was passed in September by Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom, who said that his administration would prevent social media from being “weaponized” to propagate hatred and misinformation.</p>
<p>Musk fired hundreds of workers after purchasing Twitter, and on Monday he pointed the finger upon the ADL and others for a 60% drop in U.S. advertising income.</p>
<p>A.J. Brown, who left his position as X’s head of brand safety and ad quality in June, said in a recent interview that Musk’s policy changes, which reduced the exposure of offensive postings on X rather than eliminating them, made it difficult to persuade advertisers that the site was secure.</p>

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