Choose halts Texas probe into Media Issues’ reporting on X

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting on February 23, 2024.

Enlarge / Texas Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton speaks through the annual Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) assembly on February 23, 2024. (credit score: MANDEL NGAN / Contributor | AFP)

A decide has preliminarily blocked what Media Issues for America (MMFA) described as Texas Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton’s try and “rifle via” confidential paperwork to show that MMFA fraudulently manipulated X (previously Twitter) information to spoil X’s promoting enterprise, as Elon Musk has alleged.

After Musk accused MMFA of publishing experiences that Musk claimed had been designed to scare advertisers off X, Paxton promptly launched his personal investigation into MMFA final November.

Suing MMFA over alleged violations of Texas’ Misleading Commerce Practices Act—which prohibits “disparaging the products, providers, or enterprise of one other by false or deceptive illustration of information”—Paxton sought a variety of MMFA paperwork via a civil investigative demand (CID). Submitting a movement to dam the CID, MMFA advised the court docket that the CID had violated the media group’s First Modification rights, offering proof that Paxton’s investigation and CID had chilled MMFA speech.

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