Elon Musk said he may sue the Anti-Defamation League for allegedly accusing X and the social platform's billionaire owner of anti-Semitism, prompting advertisers to quit the social network.
yours post On X (formerly known as Twitter) on Monday, Musk accused the civil rights group of trying to kill X with “false accusations and [him] Being anti-Semitic.” In another post He claimed that X's ad revenue was declining, About 60% after the official takeover of the platform in October 2022 is “primarily due to pressure on advertisers by the ADL.”
“If this continues, we will have no choice but to file a defamation lawsuit ironically against the Anti-Defamation League,” Musk said.
Musk's threat to sue the ADL comes after a campaign called #BanTheADL trended on X this weekend. Musk has been involved in a campaign calling for the group's account on X to be banned and he asked of his more than 155 million followers if he were to “take a poll” on the matter.
The ADL said it does not normally comment on legal threats, but in a statement shared with CBS MoneyWatch on Tuesday, it addressed the campaign to remove its account from X.
“The ADL is not surprised, but not horrified, that anti-Semites, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, and other trolls have launched a coordinated attack on our organization,” an ADL spokesperson said. “We are not offended by such insidious attempts.”
The ADL has revealed an increase in bullying and anti-Semitic posts on X since the billionaire bought the social network last year. After buying Twitter, MuskLike Babylon B and Andrew Tate, who were previously banned for posting content that violated the platform's hate speech policy before Musk bought it.
Musk has since also rolled back rules that removed “offensive hateful content” from the platform, the ADL said in June. account. According to this analysis, 27% of online harassment this year happened on X, up from 21% in 2022. The nonprofit group also points to a rise in anti-Semitism on the Musk-owned platform.
in X post On Monday, Musk insisted that while he is “in favor of free speech,” he is “against anti-Semitism of any kind.”
This isn't the first time X leaders have pushed back against criticism from an advocacy group. In July, X filed a suit The Center Against Digital Hate is against what the tech company describes as a “scare campaign to drive advertisers off the X platform.”