Elon Musk is threatening to sue the Anti-Defamation League to clear the identify of X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter. The billionaire had beforehand blamed the group for dropping promoting income.
“To clear our platform’s identify on the matter of anti-Semitism, it appears like we’ve got no selection however to file a defamation lawsuit towards the Anti-Defamation League … oh the irony!” Musk posted.
The Tesla proprietor had previously made it “tremendous clear” that he was “pro-free speech however towards anti-Semitism of any sort.”
Musk accused the ADL of making “unfounded accusations” towards X/Twitter stating that this has made advertisers “pause” their spending on the platform.
“Advertisers keep away from controversy, so all that’s wanted for ADL to crush our US & European advert income is to make unfounded accusations,” he shared on X. “They have a lot much less energy in Asia, so our advert income there may be nonetheless sturdy.”
Musk continued, “This ‘controversy’ causes advertisers to ‘pause,’ however that pause is everlasting till ADL provides the inexperienced gentle, which they won’t do with out us agreeing to secretly droop or shadowban any account they don’t like. That is the connection they’ve had with X/Twitter for a few years. Presumably, they’ve that with all Western search or social media orgs.”
When reached for remark, the ADL stated they don’t touch upon authorized threats as a matter of coverage. However, a spokesperson for the group has acknowledged the “coordinated assault” on the ADL with the #BanTheADL hashtag that Musk has additionally interacted with.
“ADL is unsurprised but undeterred that antisemites, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and different trolls have launched a coordinated assault on our group. This kind of factor is nothing new,” an ADL spokesperson stated in an announcement.
The assertion continued, “This onslaught comes following our participation within the sixtieth Anniversary of the March on Washington, the place ADL proudly marched shoulder-to-shoulder with African-American leaders and people from different minority communities. It additionally follows a gathering with the management of X, previously referred to as Twitter, that clearly upset these hateful teams.”
“Such insidious efforts don’t daunt us. Instead, they drive us to be unflinching in our dedication to struggle hate in all its varieties and make sure the security of Jewish communities and different marginalized teams.”
In a separate post, Musk reassured a fan that “ADL appears to be liable for most of our income loss” including, “In our case, they’d probably be on the hook for destroying half the worth of the corporate, so roughly $22 billion.”
Musk accused ADL of pushing “onerous for us to close down accounts like [Libs of TikTok], although it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, which is their supposed constitution!”
Earlier within the day, Musk stated that since he acquired the digital platform “the ADL has been attempting to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.”
In a second submit, Musk continued, “Our US promoting income remains to be down 60%, primarily attributable to strain on advertisers by @ADL (that’s what advertisers inform us), in order that they nearly succeeded in killing X/Twitter!”
See all of the X posts down under.