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Elon Musk Blames ADL for Revenue Loss, Threatens Lawsuit

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By Abi Gibson - - 5 Mins Read
Twitter CEO, Elon Musk
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There have been many challenges for Elon Musk since he took over Twitter, now X platform. He has been facing multiple problems and dealing with various organizations. One of the most recent issues is the fallout between the wealthiest billionaire in the world and the Anti-Defamation League.


Elon Musk has attributed some of Twitter's recent issues to this platform. The Anti-Defamation League is a civil rights group that advocates against antisemitism and bigotry. The current owner of the platform has accused this organization of launching a campaign against the platform and claiming that the owner is antisemitic. 


In X, Elon Musk Made a series of posts explaining many things that have been going on behind the scenes. Elon Musk claims the group is forcing him to shut down the company.


In a Twitter post, Elon Musk said, "Since the acquisition, The @ADL has been trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic."

Musk delved into the specifics of what has occurred since assuming control of the platform. He is claiming that the Anti-Defamation League is responsible for certain advertisers departing from the platform. There are accusations that this organization caused a 60% decrease in the ad revenue generated by the Elon Musk X app.


How did Elon Musk get to know this? He said, "based on what we’ve heard from advertisers, ADL seems to be responsible for most of our revenue loss."

Elon Musk to Sue the Anti-Defamation League

Elon Musk, one of the wealthiest persons in the world, expressed amusement at the idea of suing the Anti-Defamation League, but he feels compelled to take legal action. He has made it known that his company has experienced substantial financial losses due to the accusations made against the X platform by the organization. Therefore, it is necessary to clear the company's name to encourage the return of some of the advertisers who abandoned the platform. 


"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!" Elon Musk said in another post on his platform. 


But the Anti-Defamation League won't be the only organization Elon Musk and his X platform will be suing. Recently, Musk sued another anti-hate speech group, the Center for Countering Digital Hate. According to their filing, Elon Musk said that this other group was also responsible for damaging the social media platform's relationship with its advertisers. On the other hand, the Center for Countering Digital Hate says they will fight the lawsuit from X, as it holds no weight. 

Accusations from the Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League has made its case clear to a large extent. They argue that Elon Musk and the X platform allowed the spread of several antisemitic statements on their platform. The allegations stand on claims that antisemitic posts on X increased sharply after Musk bought the site in October 2022. 


Moreover, they also argue that Elon Musk reinstated people previously banned on the platform for their antisemitic posts. Actions like these drive this organization to make cases and bring issues to the relationship X has with the advertisers.