X users blast Elon Musk after he threatens to sue the Anti-Defamation League for $22billion saying the group hurt revenue since he bought Twitter
X users have called out Elon Musk after his latest threat to sue the Anti-Defamation League for $22billion.
In a series of tweets sent out Monday night, Musk, 52, said he plans to launch a lawsuit against the ADL ‘to clear our platform’s name on the matter of anti-Semitism.’
‘It looks like we have no choice but to file a defamation lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League … oh the irony!’ the billionaire and owner of X (formerly Twitter) wrote.
Now Musk has been called out for being a free speech ‘absolutist’ who sues his critics, with a user on his own social media platform saying: ‘What a weak, weak man. His “free speech absolutist” platform is so fragile the mere presence of the ADL is too threatening – apparently his revenue model counts on unfettered anti-Semitism.’
Another joked: ‘I’m a free speech absolutist but if I don’t like your speech I’m going to sue you and if my business partners don’t like it you may be put to death.’
Elon Musk claims that he is going to sue the Anti-Defamation League for defamation as he believes the organization is falsely accusing him and X of being anti-Semitic
‘It looks like we have no choice but to file a defamation lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League … oh the irony!’ the tech giant wrote in a tweet Monday evening
Now Musk has been called out for being a free speech ‘absolutist’ who sues his critics, with users on his own social media platform commenting on the ‘irony’ as Musk called it
‘If I wanted to “clear our platforms name of anti-Semitism” I would simply rid the platform I own of nazi propagandists rather than interacting with and promoting them,’ a third wrote.
Another compared Musk to Trump: ‘Amazing. He’s doubling down. He’s going full Trump – say outrageous things and then throw around frivolous lawsuits.’
One added: ‘I love the implication that the erratic management, mass layoffs, incoherent moderation, destruction of verification, decimated engineering staff, serial unbanning of racists, and crumbling infrastructure had nothing to do with twitter losing half its value. Nope, just Jews.’
‘That’s not irony, Elon – it’s you finding yet another way of implying that Jews are behind all your problems, and by extension everybody else’s. Bet the new blue checks are lapping this up. Stop this now,’ said another.
In May, it was reported that the app’s value had fallen to one-third of what it was when Musk purchased it in October – from $45 billion to $15 billion in six months.
Musk’s battle with the ADL began Monday morning when he called out the organization for being responsible for the company’s quickly falling profits.
‘Since the acquisition, The @ADL has been trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic,’ he wrote in an initial tweet.
‘Our US advertising revenue is still down 60 percent, primarily due to pressure on advertisers by @ADL (that’s what advertisers tell us), so they almost succeeded in killing X/Twitter,’ his tweet continued.
In a separate tweet, he shared that he believes the ADL is responsible for as much as 50 percent of Twitter’s fallen value – ‘roughly $22 billion,’ according to Musk.
ADL Chair Ben Sax (left) and ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt (right)
‘Giving them maximum benefit of the doubt, I don’t see any scenario where they’re responsible for less than 10 percent of the value destruction, so ~$4 billion,’ Musk wrote in another tweet
Earlier in the day, Musk responded to a tweet from X News Daily sharing that X’s advertising revenue in the US is down by around 60 percent.
The account shared that the advertising revenue decrease is a ‘significant factor behind X’s continuing issues with achieving profitability.’
Musk purportedly believes that the ADL has urged advertisers not to use X over Musk’s relaxing of rules around hate speech and harassment.
Some Jewish users online have claimed to see an uptick in anti-Semitic tweets that go unpunished by Musk and anyone else at X.
In response to the accusations of rampant anti-Semitism on the platform, the Chief Twit vehemently denied letting hate speech run free on his app.
‘To be super clear, I’m pro free speech, but against anti-Semitism of any kind,’ he wrote in a tweet.
Even with his ongoing battle, Musk said he has no plans to ban ADL from X.
Following his barrage of tweets about the organization, a movement to ‘#BanTheADL’ has emerged from some of Musk’s most devoted followers.
The CEO has engaged with tweets that are part of the movement but clarified online that he has no intention to ban them anytime soon.
‘Despite the immense harm ADL has done to X/Twitter, they still will not be banned in this platform, unless they break the law,’ he shared.
It’s unclear whether or not Musk and his lawyers have filed an initial complaint against the organization.
ADL officials did not immediately respond to inquiries from DailyMail.com.
It’s unclear whether or not Musk and his lawyers have filed an initial complaint against ADL
A study published in 2022 by Montclair State University shows there was a spike in hate speech the day after Musk took over Twitter in October
Just last month, X filed a lawsuit against a nonprofit group that monitors hate speech, making similar accusations of poisoning the water for online users.
Lawyers for X claimed the Center for Countering Digital Hate orchestrated a ‘scare campaign to drive away advertisers from the X platform.’
At the time, X officials accused the center of publishing reports that indicated X did not take action against hate speech on the app.
They also accused the center of committing ‘a series of unlawful acts designed to improperly gain access’ to the platform’s data,’ in the lawsuit.
A study published in 2022 by Montclair State University shows there was a spike in hate speech the day after Musk took over Twitter in October.
According to university officials, the data showed a ‘correlation between Musk’s arrival’ and ‘hostile content on Twitter.’
Similarly, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation recently named X – then Twitter – as the ‘most dangerous platform for LGBTQ people’ in its Social Media Safety Index.