(RoyalPatriot.com )- Less than a month after the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt praised Elon Musk as “an amazing entrepreneur and an extraordinary innovator” and celebrated his pending purchase of Twitter, his organization launched a widespread effort to urge companies to “pause” their advertising on the social media platform.
Last Thursday, Greenblatt appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” where he said he and boycott organizers had met with Musk earlier in the week to discuss their concerns about the proliferation of “hate speech” on Twitter. Greenblatt said he had been “encouraged” by what he heard from Musk during their meetings.
But by Friday, the ADL’s boycott organizers had changed their tune.
In a statement released last Friday on the Anti-Defamation League’s “Stop Hate for Profit” website, boycott organizers claimed that since Musk took over the company, there had been a surge in harassment and racism on Twitter.
The organizers called on Twitter advertisers to pause their spending “globally” until it was clear that Twitter would remain “committed to being a safe place for advertisers as well as society overall.”
In promoting its statement, the ADL posted a thread on Twitter explaining the reasons why advertisers should “pause” their ads.
The ADL tweeted that since their meeting with Elon Musk, he “permitted” Kanye West to “start posting again.” The group accused West and other celebrities of using Twitter to promote “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” and hate to their followers.
The organization also accused Twitter of allowing anti-Semitic “extremist groups” to use its platform “to organize and share propaganda.”
But what really sent the ADL over the edge was last Friday’s mass layoffs at Twitter.
The ADL closed its threat by noting that Musk “gutted” the offices that were “combating antisemitism and hate on Twitter.” It urged advertisers to consider pausing their advertising until Elon Musk “makes real changes to #stophateforprofit.”