Elon Musk is gearing up for a legal showdown after his social media gig, X, got hit hard for hosting antisemitic stuff that scared off big advertisers.
Musk’s X Platform Under Fire
Elon Musk’s X platform is in hot water ’cause it’s become a hub for racist and antisemitic posts since he took it over in 2022. Media Matters for America called out big brands like IBM and Apple, saying their ads ended up next to Nazi-related content.
Musk Sparks Controversy
Things got worse when Musk backed an antisemitic post on X, Watchdog falsely accusing Jewish folks of fueling hate against white people. That move got slammed, even by the White House.
Threatening Legal Action
Musk didn’t take it lightly. He warned of a lawsuit against Media Matters and the folks involved, saying X Corp would hit ’em with a “thermonuclear lawsuit.” No names were dropped, though.
Ad Giants Bail Out
The mess led big companies like IBM, Disney, Warner Bros Discovery, Comcast, Lions Gate Entertainment, and Paramount Global to pull their ads from the platform. Apple, the richest company out there, might do the same.
Musk Fights Back and Throws Shade
Musk defended X, saying Media Matters twisted the truth to mess with free speech and trick advertisers. He claimed Media Matters made fake accounts to lie to advertisers about what was up on X.
Media Matters Fires Back
Media Matters hit back, calling Musk a “bully” and brushing off his threats as nonsense. They pointed out that Musk himself admitted the ads were running alongside the Nazi-related content they flagged.
Musk’s History of Threats
This isn’t new for Musk—he’s talked legal smack before. He blamed the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for X losing ad cash but didn’t take ’em to court.
Ads Gone, Hate Speech Up
Since Musk took over and eased up on content rules, advertisers have been bailing, and hate speech has spiked, according to civil rights groups. The White House called Musk out for pushing antisemitic theories.
Musk’s Troubles at Tesla
Apart from X drama, Musk’s Tesla is also dealing with lawsuits alleging lots of racial and sexual harassment among workers.
Antisemitism on the Rise
Antisemitism’s been on the rise globally, especially after the Israel-Hamas conflict. The ADL reported a big jump in antisemitic incidents.
So, Elon Musk’s X platform’s taking heat for spreading hate speech and antisemitic content. Musk’s itching for a legal showdown, raising big questions about free speech, content rules, and advertisers’ worries.