Elon Musk vows to sue ADL for calling him anti-Semitic after promoting anti-Semitic campaign on X

Elon Musk has threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for billions of dollars after he quixoticly accused the Jewish rights group of spreading anti-Semitism on social media platform X.

The self-proclaimed “free speech stalwart,” who has boosted and rehabilitated neo-Nazi and far-right accounts since buying X, formerly known as Twitter, for $44 billion last year, accused the ADL of “destroying” $22 billion in its value company. in a series of posts on Monday.

“Since the acquisition, ADL has been trying to kill this platform by accusing it and me of being anti-Semitic,” Musk said. He wrote.

He claimed that the site's advertising revenue in the United States had fallen by 60 percent “largely because of the pressure the ADL is putting on advertisers.”

“If this continues, we will have no choice but to file a defamation suit against, ironically, the Anti-Defamation League.

an ADL spokesman said The independent In a statement it did not comment on legal threats, but added that Mr. Musk is helping to fuel a coordinated “Ban the ADL” campaign by self-described anti-Semites.

“The ADL is not surprised but not discouraged that anti-Semites, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and other trolls have launched a concerted attack on our organization. This kind of thing is nothing new,” the ADL spokesman said.

“Such insidious efforts do not deter us. Instead, they lead us to be steadfast in our commitment to fight hate in all its forms and to ensure the safety of Jewish communities and other marginalized groups.”

Elon Musk has said he plans to sue the ADL for defamation

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Mr. Musk's threats to sue the ADL, an NGO that describes itself as “the world's leading anti-hate organization,” were met with anger and disbelief by some X commentators.

“In his pursuit of some sort of utopian universe of free speech, Elon Musk has turned Twitter/X into a free-for-all for neo-Nazis and white extremists to unleash a torrent of unprecedented anti-Semitism and Jew-hatred,” the Israeli lawyer wrote. for human rights. Arsen Ostrovsky.

NYU professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat posted: “Well, Jews manipulate others. Elon Musk is so original!”

Since Mr. Musk's buyout, advertisers have left the platform or cut their ad spend as hateful content has been allowed to spread unchecked.

Mr. Musk, the world's richest man with an estimated net worth of $248 billion, laid off about 80 percent of his workforce, including most of his content moderators, and brought back previously banned accounts.

X's U.S. advertising revenue for a five-week period from April to May this year was $88 million, down 59 percent from a year ago, according to the New York Times.

In August, X filed a lawsuit against the Center to Combat Digital Hate (CCDH) after it published a report showing that moderators had failed to take action on 99 of 100 examples of harmful content from verified “blue check” users that the organization had flagged.

“Musk is trying to ‘shoot the messenger' who is highlighting toxic content on his platform instead of dealing with the toxic environment he has created,” CEO Imran Ahmed said in a statement.

“CCDH has no intention of stopping our independent investigation – Musk will not bully us into silence.”

The independent tried to contact Mr. Musk through X, Tesla and through a personal email address, but did not receive a response.