Musk threatens ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ as boycott of X ads picks up pace – Politico

Musk threatens ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ as boycott of X ads picks up pace – Politico

Elon Musk said on Saturday he would file a “thermonuclear lawsuit” against the non-profit Media Matters and others, as companies including Disney, Apple and IBM reportedly paused their advertising on X amid the storm of anti-Semitism around the social media platform.

Media Matters, a US group that describes itself as a “progressive research and information center” that monitors “conservative misinformation media outlets,” earlier this week published research showing that X had posted ads that appear next to pro-Nazi posts.

X CEO Linda Yaccarino previously said brands were now “protected from the risk of being around” potentially toxic content on the platform.

“The split-second court opens on Monday,” Musk said in a post on X on Saturday. “X Corp will file a lawsuit against Media Matters and everyone who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company,” he said.

Musk also posted a statement titled “Stand with X to Protect Free Speech” where he said Media Matters “completely distorted the true user experience on X.” He also said that “for expression to be truly free, we must also have the freedom to see or hear things that some people might find objectionable” and added that “we will not allow activists motivated by certain agendas, or even our profits, to get in the way of our work.” Vision.”

Musk, the owner of Tesla and Space The latest episode was this week when Musk endorsed an anti-Semitic post on X as the “actual truth” of what Jewish people were doing.

The anti-Semitic post said that “Jewish communities (sic) have been pushing the exact kind of polemical hatred against white people that they claim they want people to stop using against them.” The post also referred to “hordes of minorities” flooding Western countries, a common anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

The White House condemned the post, recalling that the post to which Musk was responding referred to the conspiracy theory that motivated the man who killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018.

Companies that have suspended advertising on the X include Disney, IBM, Apple, Paramount, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. Discovery, according to media reports.

In Brussels, the European Commission’s Communications Directorate asked all EU executive services to stop running ads on X due to “widespread concerns regarding the spread of disinformation,” according to an internal memo seen by POLITICO Playbook.

(tags for translation)Aid and Development

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