Elon Musk has issued a statement revealing that his social media platform Twitter/X has been left with “no choice” but to sue the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for defamation.
Musk said his company will file a lawsuit against the ADL to clear the platform amid claims of antisemitism.
The ADL is a far-left organization that claims to be combatting “defamation of the Jewish people.”
However, the ADL labels everything that conflicts with its own political views as “hate” and demands to have it censored.
Musk’s legal threats come after the president of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, met with X CEO Linda Yaccarino on Friday to discuss so-called “hate” on the platform.
The ADL has publicly denounced X in posts on the social media platform.
The organization alleges that Musk has allowed antisemitic groups to “organize and share propaganda” on the platform.
Musk now says the ADL has forced his hand over the claims.
“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!” Musk tweeted.
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 (@elonmusk) September 4, 2023
This development comes after a viral campaign over the weekend where people flooded X with the hashtag “#BanTheADL” and demanded that Musk shut the ADL’s account down.
Following the meeting between Yaccarino and Greenblatt, #BantheADL trended for several days.
Musk publicly responded by asking if X should run a poll on whether to ban the ADL.
He then tweeted out an article that slams the ADL for being “as bad as you think.”
In another post, Musk shared an article discussing how far-left pressure groups go after social media advertisers.
Musk also claimed that the ADL is responsible for most of X’s ad revenue loss.
He says 60% of X’s ad revenue loss is “due to pressure on advertisers” from the ADL.
Musk previously sued the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) over its “false and misleading claims” that are designed to decrease its revenue.