Musk threatens lawsuit against Anti-Defamation League over X ad revenue slump
Elon Musk has threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League and accused it of causing an advertising revenue slump on X since his takeover of the former Twitter.
In a post on X, Musk accused the ADL of “trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.”
It was after the nonprofit reported increased hate speech on the platform after reinstating banned accounts.
The billionaire claimed US advertising revenue on X had fallen by 60 percent.
He attributed this decline primarily to pressure from the ADL on advertisers.
He said the ADL’s actions had nearly succeeded in “killing” X/Twitter.
Musk clarified his stance by stating that he supports free speech but is against anti-Semitism.
The Anti-Defamation League published a May report revealing over 5,000 instances of “virulent antisemitism from 2,173 accounts” on Twitter.
It occurred after Musk’s involvement in the platform’s reinstatement decisions.
In response to a right-wing campaign advocating for removing the ADL from X, Musk suggested running a poll to gauge public sentiment.
Simultaneously, X is suing the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
The platform alleges the nonprofit made “false” claims regarding a surge in bigoted speech on the platform.
It was since Musk’s takeover in October.
An ADL spokesperson responded to Musk’s threat by saying it doesn’t comment on legal threats as a matter of policy.
However, they addressed the push to remove the group from X.
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ADL is “unsurprised yet undeterred”
The spokesperson said: “ADL is unsurprised yet undeterred that antisemites, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and other trolls have launched a coordinated attack on our organization.
“This type of thing is nothing new.
“This onslaught comes following our participation in the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, where ADL proudly marched shoulder-to-shoulder with African American leaders and those from other minority communities.”
The spokesperson added: “It also follows a meeting with the leadership of X … that clearly upset these hateful groups.
“Such insidious efforts don’t daunt us. Instead, they drive us to be unflinching in our commitment to fight hate in all its forms and ensure the safety of Jewish communities and other marginalized groups.”