Backpage’s operators said they never allowed ads for sex, and their legal team maintained the content on the site was protected by the First Amendment.
Musk has faced accusations of tolerating antisemitic messages on X, and the content on the platform has gained increased scrutiny since the war between Israel and Hamas began.
This is one of more than two dozen cases playing out around the country challenging state requirements that attorneys join and pay dues to state bar associations.
Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court dodged the question of whether the provision applies to Trump, who is so far dominating the Republican presidential primary.
In his decision, Judge David Friedman of the state’s intermediate appeals court cited constitutional concerns about restricting Trump’s free speech.
The videos were part of evidence, known as discovery, that had been provided to all of the defendants and their attorneys. But they were not publicly available.
“Every person on social media should be verified by their name. It’s a national security threat,” said the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador on Tuesday.
The regulation is the latest effort from conservative policymakers to restrict public school students’ access to books covering topics of race, gender identity and sexual orientation.