If it is one thing rich white men don’t want, it’s accountability. What’s funny is, the political party that they mostly align with screams they are the party of “personal responsibility”. However, Twitter owner, Musky Musk, doesn’t subscribe to any of that. You call him out for anything that’s objectively there, you’re attacking him.
Nothing says this more than the lawsuit that Twitter has filed yesterday against Media Matters. This is pertaining to the article Media Matters. In it, they highlighted ads from brands being posted near anti-semitic and white nationalist posts. This caused those brands and many others to pull advertising from Twitter.
Twitter states that Media Matters “knowingly and maliciously manufactured side-by-side images depicting advertisers’ posts on X Corp.’s social media platform beside Neo-Nazi and white national fringe content.” It also mentions that the group showed the “manufactured images” to make it seem like it was a day-to-day experience.
Even before the lawsuit, Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino mentioned that “not a single authentic user on X saw IBM’s, Comcast’s, or Oracle’s ads next to the content in Media Matters’ article.”
Fortune also reports that Twitter held an all-hands meeting with Yaccarino. There she allegedly told employees that customer advertising was “on pause”.
“They have a long history of being an activist organization, to force a narrative and not allow people of the world to make their own decisions. I think one of the main goals that underscores the dedication to truth and fairness and that is that we allow people a global Town Square, to seek out their own information and make their own decisions. So exposing Media Matters to train people’s rights to make their own decisions will be a validation that X was right, and this was an inauthentic manipulation.”
Media Matters stands by the lawsuit and believe Twitter is only trying to silence critics of the site.
“This is a frivolous lawsuit meant to bully X’s critics into silence. Media Matters stands behind its reporting and looks forward to winning in court.”
Media Matters spokesperson to Engadget
Texas AG Investigation
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only thing Media Matters has to deal with regarding their article. It appears Musk may have talked with the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, about what was going on. Paxton has referred to Media Matters as “a radical anti-free speech” organization.
What gets me with all this is the part where they all say they are protecting free speech. If that speech is anti-semitic, racist, or bigoted in any way, why would you align with that?
Then again, white folks have a history of taking offense when being called racist instead of actually wondering why they are being called racist.