Fear Of Potential Lawsuits From Elon Musk Prompt Researchers To Abandon 100+ Studies On X
Over a hundred studies analyzing X, previously known as Twitter, have been affected due to new restrictions imposed by Elon Musk, causing concern among researchers and raising legal fears.
According to Reuters, Musk’s limitations on data collection methods have hindered the investigation of disinformation spread during real-time events. The key tool that provided researchers with access to about 10 million tweets per month has been discontinued, as conveyed in an email seen by Reuters.
These changes have led to many researchers fearing potential lawsuits from X over their findings or data usage. This fear was triggered by X’s lawsuit against the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) following its critical reports about X’s content moderation.
As a result of Musk’s restrictions, over 30 projects have been canceled, 47 put on hold, and 27 have shifted platforms. The affected research includes areas of hate speech and topics that have ...
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