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Elon Musk says ‘Go Fuck Yourself’ to advertisers leaving X

Trending Elon Musk, the proprietor of the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Speaking at the 2023 DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday, expressed disdain for advertisers leaving the platform due to antisemitic posts he had shared.“If somebody’s going to try to blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself. Go.
Elon Musk, the proprietor of the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Speaking at the 2023 DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday, expressed disdain for advertisers leaving the platform due to antisemitic posts he had shared.

“If somebody’s going to try to blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself. Go. Fuck. Yourself. Is that clear?”
Musk singled out Disney CEO Bob Iger in the audience, saying “Hi Bob!”

Recent weeks saw Musk promoting content criticized by the White House as “antisemitic and racist hate” on X, prompting major advertisers such as Disney and Apple to suspend campaigns. Musk admitted regret for his role in amplifying such posts, labeling it as one of the most foolish actions on the platform.

Asserting that his followers would reciprocate by boycotting these advertisers, Musk issued a stern warning,
“The whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company and we will document it in great detail,” Musk threatened.
He also told interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin, “I have no problem being hated. Hate away.”

Despite the controversies, Musk denied antisemitism and defended X’s terms of service against clear calls for extreme violence. During a recent trip to Israel, he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, offering assistance in deradicalizing and rebuilding Gaza.

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On the business front, Musk shared negative views on unions in response to campaigns launched by the UAW against Tesla and other automakers. He expressed concern that if Tesla were to be unionized, it would indicate a failure on the company’s part. Musk also addressed regulatory oversight and leverage, asserting that user choices and adherence to regulations govern his companies’ operations.

Discussing OpenAI, Musk revealed mixed feelings about CEO Sam Altman, highlighting concerns about the concentration of power. Musk expressed worry about the potential harm of artificial intelligence to humanity, admitting difficulty sleeping due to these concerns. Overall, Musk’s candid remarks at the summit touched on a spectrum of issues, providing insights into his perspectives on business, social media, and the challenges posed by emerging technologies.

Wasif Shakir

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