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Social media company X filed suit against Media Matters for America last Monday, accusing the liberal advocacy group of manipulating a report to show advertiser posts appearing within posts from white nationalists and neo-Nazis to “drive advertisers from the platform” and harm the company, ABC News reported.

In its reporting, Media Matters included screen captures showing ads from Oracle and Apple appearing alongside antisemitic posts on X. In a follow-up, the advocacy group claimed to have found ads for NBCUniversal, Amazon, and other advertisers in posts featuring white nationalist hashtags.

In the complaint filed in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, the social media company accused Media Matters of “knowingly and maliciously” placing ads beside hateful materials “as if they were what typical X users experience on the platform.”

The social media company claimed that Media Matters manipulated the platform’s algorithms to place advertiser posts next to racist content in a way that was “inorganic and extraordinarily rare.”

According to X, Media Matters accomplished this by using X accounts that follow only those producing “extreme fringe content” and accounts owned by major advertisers. This allowed a feed that produced side-by-side placements showing advertisers appearing beside hateful posts that Media Matters then captured in screenshots as a way to panic advertisers.

In a statement last Monday, Media Matters President Angelo Carusone called the lawsuit “frivolous” and claimed that its purpose was to “bully” its critics “into silence.” Carusone said he expected to prevail in court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office would be launching an investigation into Media Matters for possible fraud related to the advocacy group’s report on X.

Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of X said last week that the platform has been “extremely clear” about its efforts to “combat antisemitism and discrimination.” She said that this should be “something we can and should all agree on.”