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Musk’s X loses lawsuit seeking to stop Israeli company’s data scraping

Musk’s X loses lawsuit seeking to stop Israeli company’s data scraping

The lawsuit filed by X Corp. against an Israeli data collection company for allegedly illegal web scraping practices was dismissed Thursday by a federal judge in San Francisco.

Judge William H. Alsup said the Elon Musk-owned social media platform, formerly known as Twitter, “wants to have it both ways” when it comes to maintaining a legal safe harbor against copyright lawsuits while preventing others from harvesting public user data.

X cannot use service contract terms to prevent Bright Data Ltd. to remove public content because the platform does not own the copyright to user content, Alsup said.

The judge, who sits in the U.S. District…