Elon Musk’s Legal Threat Over Anti-Semitism”

CLASH Billionaire accuses Anti-Defamation League of holding advertisers hostage by falsely claiming Twitter/X tolerates anti-Semitism.

The controversies continue. Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla and against his social network. And above all to be the main reason behind the collapse of the network’s advertising revenues – down 50% – by scaring advertisers by asserting, wrongly according to Musk, that the platform allows anti-Semitism to flourish.

“In order to clear the name of our platform regarding anti-Semitism, it seems we have no choice but to sue the Anti-Defamation League for defamation… Oh the irony! », Wrote the media boss in a message posted Monday evening on X.

Fall in advertising revenue

“According to advertiser feedback, the ADL appears to be responsible for the majority of our lost revenue,” says the billionaire, who continues: “Advertisers avoid controversy, so all the ADL needs to wipe out is our advertising revenue in the United States and Europe is to make unfounded accusations.”

“This ‘controversy’ is causing advertisers to take a ‘pause,’ but this pause is permanent until the ADL gives the green light, which it won’t do unless we accept to secretly suspend or ban any account they don’t like,” he accuses.

Mass layoffs and lax moderation

Since he bought Twitter at the end of October, the Tesla boss has shaken up the platform, with massive layoffs – there remain 1,500 employees out of 8,000 previously – until the very recent name change. Its controversial approach to content moderation and chaotic new product launches, such as paid user authentication, have caused advertisers to flee en masse.

Elon Musk notably put an end to the fight against disinformation on Covid and decided on an amnesty for numerous accounts previously banned because of repeated violations of the rules against disinformation or harassment.

Tens of thousands of users have returned, including far-right and anti-vaccine conspiracists. According to several NGOs, the number of homophobic and racist insults has skyrocketed. A message “Fuck the jews” from ex-youtuber and provocateur Leafy, who has more than 900,000 followers, remained online for 72 hours and was viewed 2 million times. Many Internet users reported the message, but an automatic message told them that it did not violate its charter.

This is not the first time that the X platform has attacked an NGO. At the beginning of August, she took an organization fighting the dissemination of hateful content online, the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), to the American federal courts, accusing it of leading an unjustified smear campaign against the social network.

This article is originally published on 20minutes.fr


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