X CEO defends Elon Musk’s provocative message for ‘blackmailing’ advertisers with Free Speech statement

Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of the social media platform X, has come out in defense of her boss’s profane attack on fleeing advertisers.

In an X post published very late Wednesday evening — hours after Musk had issued the controversial remarks — she defended X owner Elon Musk’s vision of a platform that’s dedicated to free speech.

“X is enabling an information independence that’s uncomfortable for some people. We’re a platform that allows people to make their own decisions,” she wrote.

“[H]ere’s my perspective when it comes to advertising: X is standing at a unique and amazing intersection of Free Speech and Main Street — and the X community is powerful and is here to welcome you. To our partners who believe in our meaningful work — Thank You,” she added.

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As seen above, the tweet began with her noting that Musk had also issued an apology, albeit one unrelated to his profane attack on fleeing advertisers. He’d specifically apologized for liking an allegedly anti-Semitic tweet.

He’d issued the attack on fleeing advertisers and apology for liking an anti-Semitic tweet while speaking earlier Wednesday at The New York Times’ DealBook Summit.

During an interview, he was asked about all the advertisers who’ve fled X in recent weeks over both his liking of an allegedly anti-Semitic tweet and also his refusal to censor and silence dissenting voices.

“I hope they stop. Don’t advertise,” he said, essentially endorsing the advertisers’ exit.

“You don’t want them to advertise?” the interviewer, Andrew Ross Sorkin, then asked.

“No. If somebody’s gonna try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, go f–k yourself. Go. F–k. Yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is. Hey, Bob, I’m sure you’re in the audience,” Musk replied.

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By Bob, he meant Bob Iger, the boss of Disney, one of the first companies to cut ties with X.

“Apple and Disney have paused online advertising campaigns on X, formerly Twitter,” CNBC reported on Nov. 17th.

The problem was that the exodus was primarily driven not by facts but rather by the propaganda from far-left agitprop firms like Media Matters.

“[A] report from … Media Matters … found advertisements for top brands — including Apple, IBM, Oracle and Comcast’s Xfinity, a telecoms company, and Bravo, the TV network — next to posts touting ‘pro-Nazi’ views,” the Financial Times reported at the time that all this first started.

“Media Matters released another report … showing that ads for companies including Amazon, NBA Mexico, and NBCUniversal’s brand agency had appeared next to content with white nationalist tags,” the paper added.

According to Fox Business Network, an X executive pushed back on the attack by saying that the platform was “not intentionally placing a brand actively next to this type of [anti-Semitic] content, nor is a brand actively trying to support this content with placement.”

“Ads follow people on X, in this case the Media Matters’ research that was going to actively look for this content — that’s how user targeting works. As it relates to the platform itself, control settings are in place there for every user and every brand,” the executive added.

They added that groups like Media Matters “aggressively search for posts and then go to the accounts, and if they see an ad… keep hitting refresh to capture as many brands as possible.”

That said, there was another element to this controversy, as noted above: Musk’s decision to personally like an allegedly antisemitic post that accused Jewish powerbrokers like the Anti-Defamation League of tolerating and promoting anti-white hatred.

“You have said the actual truth. … The ADL unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel. This is because they cannot, by their own tenets, criticize the minority groups who are their primary threat,” he wrote in response to the controversial tweet.

“It is not right and it needs to stop,” he added.

But many conservative Jews, including prominent commentator Ben Shapiro, have come out in support of Musk’s tweets, arguing that it’s not anti-Semitic to blast the ADL for trying to censor and silence critics and dissenters.

Vivek Saxena

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