30 Nov 2023 at 09:42
On Wednesday evening, Elon Musk lashed out at the companies that have stopped advertising on X. Several companies withdrew their advertisements after the eccentric billionaire responded approvingly to anti-Semitic statements.
The commotion centers on a post on X claiming that “Jews are fueling hatred against white people.” From Musk’s response it could be concluded that he agreed with that statement. Partly as a result, several large companies decided to no longer advertise on the social network.
During the DealBook Summit 2023 in New York, Musk lashed out at the departed advertisers on Wednesday evening with the comment “Go fuck yourself” (similar to “fuck off”). According to him, a boycott by advertisers will lead to the demise of X.
“The whole world will soon know which companies are responsible for this,” the billionaire said to the departed advertisers. Still, Musk admitted that his response to the anti-Semitic message was “the stupidest thing” he had ever done.
Major companies, including Walt Disney, IBM and Apple, have turned away from X after Musk’s anti-Semitic comments. Dutch companies and organizations, including VodafoneZiggo, online store bol, the Dutch Lottery and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, no longer advertise on X.
The Tesla CEO visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week. Together they visited a kibbutz attacked by Hamas.
Elon Musk visits kibbutz attacked by Hamas
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