Elon Musk said Saturday he would file a “thermonuclear lawsuit” against nonprofit watchdog Media Matters and others because companies like Disney, Apple and IBM reportedly suspended advertising on of a storm of anti-Semitism around the social media platform.
Media Matters, an American group that describes itself as “a progressive research and information center” that monitors “media for conservative misinformation,” released a study earlier this week showing that X published ads appearing alongside pro-Nazi messages.
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“Split-second court opens on Monday,” Musk said in a post on X on Saturday. “X Corp will file a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and EVERYONE who participated in this fraudulent attack on our company,” he said.
Musk also released a statement titled “Support X to Protect Free Speech” in which he said Media Matters “completely misrepresents the actual user experience on X.” He also said that “for speech to be truly free, we must also have the freedom to see or hear things that some people may consider objectionable” and added that “we will not allow activists motivated by political programs, or even for our own benefit, to dissuade our vision.”
Tesla and Space X owner Musk, who bought Twitter last year and renamed it The latest episode took place this week, when Musk endorsed an anti-Semitic article on X as “the real truth” about what Jews were doing.
The anti-Semitic post said that “Jewish (sic) communities have pushed the exact type of dialectical 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 popular anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
The White House condemned the post, recalling that the post Musk was responding to referenced a conspiracy theory that motivated the man who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018.
In Brussels, the European Commission’s communications service asked all EU executive services to stop running ads on by POLITICO Playbook.