Elon Musk is back in the spotlight, extremely pissed off at the large number of advertising companies that have pulled out of X.
In an interview at the New York Times DealBook Summit, the mogul repeatedly insulted the companies, claiming they were “blackmailing” him.
“Go to hell…” the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX said in an interview at the New York Times DealBook Summit, implying that he was being “blackmailed” by these companies with advertising deals.
Elon Musk’s comments came after he was asked about recent posts on the platform that were criticized for being anti-Semitic and prompted advertisers to stop advertising on the platform.
“If anyone extorts money from me, go to hell…” he said as the room responded with nervous laughter.
“Hey Bob,” Musk added, apparently referring to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who appeared at the same event earlier the other day and spoke about the company’s decision to pull ads following Musk’s anti-Semitic tweet earlier this year. dispute.
But the decision to remove the ads follows not only the publication, but also a report by the nonprofit Media Matters, which found its ads were placed next to white supremacist and anti-Semitic content. Musk has since filed a defamation lawsuit over the report.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that X could lose up to $75 million due to the exodus of advertisers. The platform confirmed that only $11 million was at risk.