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Elon Musk criticises advertisers amidst anti-semitic post row, says ‘go f**k yourself’

X owner Elon Musk has criticized advertisers for trying to blackmail me on his own platform in an interaction with the New York Times. Advertisers like Apple, Disney and the like had recently stopped advertising on X.

FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X, formerly known as Twitter, attends the Viva Technology conference dedicated to innovation and startups at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France, June 16, 2023. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo (REUTERS)Premium
FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X, formerly known as Twitter, attends the Viva Technology conference dedicated to innovation and startups at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France, June 16, 2023. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo (REUTERS)

Elon Musk, who has had a tense relationship with advertisers since taking over X (formerly Twitter) last year, has told them to "go f**k themselves". Musk's comment comes amid a slew of companies, from Disney to Apple, pulling advertising from X over an alleged anti-Semitic post by Musk.

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In an interaction at the New York Times DealBook Summit, Musk said, "If somebody is going to try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, Go f**k yourself. Is that clear, I hope it is… Hey Bob (Iger), if you’re in the audience. That’s how I feel, don’t advertise."

“No, totally. Look what this advertising boycott is going to do, it's going to kill the company and the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company" Musk added.

The retort by Musk was aimed at Disney CEO Bob Iger who had earlier in the summit said that the association with X was no longer a positive one for his company.

Iger said, “I have a lot of respect for Elon and what he has accomplished… We know that Elon is larger than life in many respects, and that his name is very much connected to the companies he founded or owns. By him taking the position he took in a public manner, we felt that the association was not necessarily a positive one for us."

Musk's regrets reacting to anti-semitic post:

Earlier this month, Musk agreed with a post claiming that Jewish people have a "dialectical hatred" of white people. The content of the tweet is believed to be widely used by white supremacist conspiracy theorists. Musk's response also drew criticism from the Joe Biden-led White House, which called the billionaire's action a " abhorrent promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hate".

The list of companies that have since stopped advertising on X has grown to include big names such as Disney, IBM, Apple, Comcast, IBM, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Paramount and Warner Bros.

In the interaction with the New York Times, Musk regretted reacting to the controversial post, he said, “I am quite sorry…I should in retrospect not have replied to that particular post". The 52-year-old also went ahead to call his reaction to the anti-semitic post  “one of the most foolish if not the most foolish thing I’ve ever done on the platform"

 

 

 

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Published: 30 Nov 2023, 06:31 AM IST
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