Elon Musk threatened to sue ADL (Anti-Defamation League ) on Monday, blaming the nonprofit organization for an advertising revenue slump on the platform he owns and has rebranded as X.
Musk had accused the ADL in a recent post. In a post on X, he claimed that the ADL is “trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.” This incident occurred after the nonprofit reported a surge of hate speech circulating on the platform after the reinstatement of the accounts banned on X.
According to the owner of X, the US advertising revenue
“is still down 60%, primarily due to pressure on advertisers primarily due to pressure on advertisers by @ADL (that’s what advertisers tell us), so they almost succeeded in killing X/Twitter!”
Before threatening to sue ADL, Musk also revealed his perspective on the situation through one of his posts, saying, “pro-free speech, but against antisemitism of any kind.
The ADL published a May report listing 5,000 examples from last February of virulent antisemitism from 2,173 accounts” on X/Twitter. This happened after the accounts were reinstated under the direction of Elon Musk.
On Saturday, Elon Musk replied to a right-wing campaign to ban the Anti-Defamation League on X. He said, “Perhaps we should run a poll on this?”
On the other hand, X has been suing the Center for Countering Digital Hate by accusing them of making false claims after they found bigoted speech had spiked since Musk’s takeover of the platform this October.
On the other hand, an ADL spokesperson had said through an email that the nonprofit does not have comments on the legal threats. However, they addressed the force to remove the group from the X platform.