Elon Musk vows to file ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ as advertisers flee X over anti-Semitic tweet

Elon Musk vows to file ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ as advertisers flee X over anti-Semitic tweet

Elon Musk has vowed to file a “thermonuclear lawsuit” against the US media watchdog which claimed adverts were appearing on X alongside anti-Semitic posts, as major brands including Disney and Apple fled the platform.

The watchdog group Media Matters for America said earlier this week that it found that corporate ads for IBM, Apple, Oracle and Comcast’s Xfinity were placed alongside anti-Semitic content on X, formerly known as Twitter.

IBM said Thursday it had suspended all advertising after the watchdog said its ads were placed next to content promoting Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

The ad exodus saga began one day before the watchdog intervened, when a social media user appeared to promote the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory on “They want people to stop using it against them.”

This theory was among the hate ideas cited by the gunman who killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

Musk responded to the post, writing on his X platform: “I told the actual truth.”

Disney, Warner Bros Discovery, Comcast, Lions Gate Entertainment and Paramount Global have also paused their advertising on X. Axios reports that Apple will do the same.

In response to the exodus of advertisers on the platform on Saturday, Mr Musk wrote a post in which he said: “Many of the biggest advertisers are the greatest persecutors of your right to free speech.”

“The split-second court opens on Monday, and X Corp will file a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and everyone who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company,” the Tesla founder added in a second post.

Media Matters President Angelo Carusone responded to the threat in a statement to Daily Beast Saturday afternoon.

“Far from the free speech advocate he claims to be, Musk is a bully who threatens to file baseless lawsuits in an attempt to silence reports he has even asserted are accurate,” Carusone said. “Musk admitted that the ads in question were alongside the pro-Nazi content we identified. If he sues us, we will prevail.”

On Thursday, IBM told… Financial Times It has “paused all advertising on X while we investigate this completely unacceptable situation.”

An Apple source told Axios that the company is doing the same, and a Lions Gate Entertainment spokesperson confirmed that it is also joining the exodus. Disney has also temporarily halted spending on X, New York times Reports.

The For example (the Holocaust), but anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi content still appears on the network.

On Thursday, Media Matters, a left-leaning media watchdog group, published an analysis showing ads from major brands like Apple, NBCUniversal, IBM and Oracle appearing alongside overtly pro-Nazi tweets on X.

In one example, a post claiming that Hitler and the Nazis represented a “spiritual awakening” appeared directly above an ad for Apple’s Mac computers.

Elon Musk previously accused the Anti-Defamation League of trying to “kill” his X platform

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Mr. Musk also singled out the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights advocacy group that monitors anti-Semitism and forms of extremism, claim The group promotes “de facto anti-white racism.” The Anti-Defamation League responded to the allegations, calling them “serious.”

In September, Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, blaming the watchdog group for “trying to kill this platform” with accusations of anti-Semitism.

“To be very clear, I support freedom of expression, but against anti-Semitism of any kind,” he said. He added.

The White House also weighed in, accusing Mr. Musk of spreading “reprehensible racist and anti-Semitic hate-mongering.”

The White House said in a statement: “It is unacceptable to repeat the heinous lie behind the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history at any time, let alone a month after the bloodiest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”

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