Elon Musk threatens to sue media watchdog Media Matters

2023 11 20T174954Z 4 LYNXMPEJAH02B RTROPTP 4 AI BRITAIN SUMMIT scaled
Tesla, X (formerly known as Twitter) and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk speaks with members of the media during the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in Bletchley, Britain on November 1, 2023. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Elon Musk, facing criticism, has issued a threat to sue the media watchdog Media Matters and those who targeted his social media platform X. This comes after several major U.S. companies suspended advertising on the site due to its association with antisemitic content. Musk and X have been scrutinized throughout the week for the proliferation of antisemitic and racist content on the platform since Musk acquired it in 2022.

Media Matters for America reported earlier in the week that ads from companies like IBM and Apple were placed alongside content promoting Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Musk, who endorsed an antisemitic post on X, drew condemnation, including from the White House.

In response, Musk announced on X that X Corp would file a lawsuit against Media Matters and those involved in the alleged attack on his company. Numerous companies, including IBM, Disney, Warner Bros Discovery, Comcast, Lions Gate Entertainment, and Paramount Global, suspended ads in the past few days. Apple, the world’s largest company by market value, was reported to do the same.

Musk accused Media Matters of misrepresenting the X experience to undermine freedom of speech and mislead advertisers. Media Matters, in turn, called Musk a “bully” and asserted that they would win if he pursued legal action.

This follows a pattern of Musk threatening legal action against other parties in the past, including the Anti-Defamation League, without following through. Advertisers have been leaving X since Musk’s acquisition in 2022, leading to increased hate speech, according to civil rights groups.

The White House condemned Musk’s endorsement of what it termed a “hideous” antisemitic conspiracy theory, criticizing it as an “abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate” contrary to American core values. Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, faces lawsuits alleging widespread racial or sexual harassment of workers at the electric carmaker.

Antisemitism has been on the rise in the United States and globally, with a nearly 400% increase in antisemitic incidents in the U.S. following the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas in October 2022, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

More from Qonversations

News

2023 12 08T120250Z 3 LYNXMPEJB70CA RTROPTP 4 RUSSIA ELECTION

The new Stalin

Business

2023 12 08T124031Z 1542203755 RC2ZS4A071EZ RTRMADP 3 KUMBA IRON ORE OUTLOOK

Anglo American bullish on mining prospects and strong raw materials demand

Business

2023 11 14T070050Z 683241528 RC2F64AWSWX9 RTRMADP 3 MIGRATION SPAIN CANARIES MINORS 1

UK mobile giants face £3 billion class action for alleged overcharging

News

2023 12 08T084539Z 3 LYNXMPEJB708E RTROPTP 4 CLIMATE UN COOLING PLEDGE

Azerbaijan’s bid to host COP29 gains momentum

Front of mind
Screenshot 2023 12 08 at 11.08.14 scaled

AI regulation should be principles-based – Matthew Martin

Eleanor Sa-Carneiro

Leveraging his expertise, Matthew Martin offered insights about the cybersecurity and AI start-up world, and spoke to Qonversations […]

Read more
Screenshot 2023 12 02 at 11.54.33 Large

Legal landscape shifts to empower women in the workplace – Laetitia Saint Maur

Eleanor Sa-Carneiro

During an interview discussing women’s health and workplace dynamics, an expert provided insights, into emerging frameworks and trends […]

Read more