Elon Musk is threatening to sue the Anti-Defamation League to clear the identify of X, the social media platform previously generally known as Twitter. The billionaire had beforehand blamed the group for shedding promoting income.
“To clear our platform’s identify on the matter of anti-Semitism, it seems to be like now we have no selection however to file a defamation lawsuit in opposition to 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 in opposition to anti-Semitism of any type.”
Musk accused the ADL of making “unfounded accusations” in opposition to 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’ve 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 mild, which they won’t do with out us agreeing to secretly droop or shadowban any account they don’t like. That’s the relationship 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 mentioned they don’t touch upon authorized threats as a matter of coverage. Nonetheless, 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. The sort of factor is nothing new,” an ADL spokesperson mentioned in a press release.
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 generally known as Twitter, that clearly upset these hateful teams.”
“Such insidious efforts don’t daunt us. As an alternative, they drive us to be unflinching in our dedication to struggle hate in all its types 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 answerable 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 “laborious for us to close down accounts like [Libs of TikTok], regardless that it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, which is their supposed constitution!”
Earlier within the day, Musk mentioned that since he acquired the digital platform “the ADL has been making an attempt to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.”
In a second publish, Musk continued, “Our US promoting income remains to be down 60%, primarily as a result of stress on advertisers by @ADL (that’s what advertisers inform us), so that they nearly succeeded in killing X/Twitter!”
See all of the X posts down beneath.