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With the abductee disc: Musk apologizes for supporting antisemitic tweet - and attacks advertisers - voila! technology

2023-11-30T19:30:23.792Z

Highlights: Elon Musk apologizes for supporting antisemitic tweet - and attacks advertisers - voila! technology. 'In retrospect, I shouldn't have responded to this person': The world's richest man and owner of Twitter (X) apologized for supporting an antisemitism tweet - but attacked brands that stopped advertising on the social network. 'If someone tries to extort with advertising money? Go fuck off. Was I clear? I hope so,' Musk said. He ended his remarks by chanting "Hey Bob," a message to Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was in attendance.


'In retrospect, I shouldn't have responded to this person': The world's richest man and owner of Twitter (X) apologized for supporting an antisemitic tweet - but attacked brands that stopped advertising on the social network


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After visiting Israel earlier this week and touring the Gaza envelope on Wednesday night as part of an interview at the New York Times DealBook conference, wearing the "Our Heart is Captive in Gaza" disc, Elon Musk apologized for agreeing with a tweet supporting an antisemitic conspiracy theory. On the other hand, he said, "it was not an apology visit."

"In retrospect, I shouldn't have responded to this person," Musk said, accusing media outlets of not covering his clarifications before apologizing. "I actually gave a loaded gun to those who hate me, and maybe also to anti-Semites – and for that I am sorry. That wasn't my intention."

Many argued that Musk's tour of Israel was intended to help rehabilitate his image vis-à-vis Jewish communities around the world, after more than 100 large corporations and brands, including Apple, Disney and IBM, stopped advertising on the social network X (formerly Twitter), which he owns, last month. It is estimated that more than 200 companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, Coca-Cola and Microsoft have stopped or are considering stopping advertising.

"I actually gave a loaded gun to those who hate me, and maybe also to anti-Semites – and for that I am sorry. That wasn't my intention." Musk/GettyImages

However, Musk also had a message for advertisers: "I hope they stop. Don't advertise," Musk said. "If someone tries to extort with advertising money? Go fuck off. Go fuck off. Was I clear? I hope so." He ended his remarks by chanting "Hey Bob," a message to Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was in attendance.

Despite the strong statements against advertisers, when asked how he would deal with the boycott, he replied that "the advertising boycott will kill the company. That way the whole world will know that these advertisers killed the company."

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Source: walla

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