Elon Musk Threatens to Sue Media Matters Over Loss of Advertisers | Tech

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In a 2 a.m. tweet on Saturday morning, Twitter/X owner Elon Musk threatened to file a “thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters” after the organization published a report showing that ads on X were being displayed alongside pro-Nazi and antisemitic posts.

“The split second court opens on Monday, X Corp will be filing a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and ALL those who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company,” he says.

In response, Angelo Carusone, President and CEO of Media Matters, said: “Musk is a bully who threatens meritless lawsuits in an attempt to silence reporting that he even confirmed is accurate. Musk admitted the ads at issue ran alongside the pro-Nazi content we identified. If he does sue us, we will win.”

In a blog post, X said Media Matters created an account and “repeatedly refreshed their timelines to find a rare instance of ads serving next to the content they chose to follow.” X looked into the nine posts Media Matters flagged and found that only one violated the company’s content policies.

Following publication of the Media Matters report, large advertisers—including Apple, Comcast, Disney, IBM, Lionsgate, NBC Universal, and Warner Brothers—halted spending on the platform.

Musk himself also came under fire last week for saying that he agreed with a social media post that accused “Jewish communities” of pushing “hatred against whites.” In the same thread, Musk criticized the Jewish non-profit advocacy group Anti-Defamation League, claiming the group was pushing “de facto anti-white racism or anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind.”

Musk has previously threatened to sue the ADL for defamation, alleging that the group “has been trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.”

According to Musk’s late-night tweet, he sees the Media Matters story as “another attempt to undermine freedom of speech and mislead…

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