Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, says Elon Musk’s legal threat against the news monitoring organization is welcome. He told MSNBC’s Paola Ramos: “I think the most important thing is that in his response to that legal threat, he actually confirmed that our reporting was accurate.”
“I mean, everything, he said that everything in our report actually, as we said, existed, actually existed on the platform,” Carusone continued. “And that’s basically our main argument: the platform is so full of extremism, of white genocide, of anti-Semitism, of racism, of conspiracy theories – things that should otherwise be handled in some way – that it can’t really protect them . “There are only a few brands that are still willing to stay on the platform.”
The pair also discussed the fact that a number of high-profile companies, including Lionsgate, Apple and Warner Bros., targeted advertising campaigns for mass advertiser churn, “because it gave advertisers the opportunity to analyze what was actually happening on the platform.”
On Wednesday it came to @breakingbaht wrote“Jewish communities have propagated exactly the kind of dialectical hatred of white people that they claim they want people to stop using against them.” Musk replied“You told the actual truth.”
As Ramos pointed out in her post, this wasn’t the first time Musk supported anti-Semitic ideas. Musk has argued that those who call him anti-Semitic are banning free speech on the platform and beyond, a charge Carusone denied.
“That’s not the point at all. “None of his behavior suggests that his ownership and execution of Twitter, of X, is truly what it is,” he said. “It’s really about taking those ideas and using the power of a social media apparatus to evangelize and spread them.”
Carusone continued: “So if he allows more of these people back on the platform, the intention – or at least the effect, regardless of the intention or who knows – but the effect, and he knows what the effect is, is to… “Add more of this content to the platform so that the algorithm can then promote it and potentially recommend it to like-minded people to help spread the word so that this idea metastasizes.”
Watch the interview with Carusone in the video above.