Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X/Twitter, speaks on stage during Vox Media’s Code 2023 conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on September 27, 2023 in Dana Point, California.
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Linda Yaccarino sent a memo to employees at
At the DealBook Summit on Wednesday, Musk accused advertisers of trying to “blackmail” him by removing ads from the platform after Musk said he agreed with a social media post accusing “Jewish communities” to push “hatred against white people”. Musk’s original comments drew condemnation from the White House, which criticized Musk for promoting “anti-Semitic and racist hatred.”
“What if someone tries to blackmail me with advertising?” » said Musk, owner of X and CTO, during the interview. “Blackmail me with money? Fuck you. Come on. F—. Yourself. Is that clear?”
In the memo sent Thursday, Yaccarino told employees that X’s owner “shares an unparalleled and completely unvarnished perspective and vision for the future.”
She urged employees who did not watch the interview to “take the time to absorb the magnitude and importance of what we are all a part of. Because that’s exactly what I wanted to focus on with you today.”
During the interview, Musk lashed out at companies like Disney and Apple for halting their ad campaigns with X. Musk denied being anti-Semitic and apologized for his posts about “one of the stupidest, if not the stupidest, things I’ve ever done.” never done on the platform.”
Read the full memo below:
Proud to be at X with YOU!
Yesterday I posted this about DealBook and the X community was very enlightened today on the same topic. Elon’s interview was frank and profound. He shared an unparalleled and unvarnished perspective and vision of the future. If you haven’t watched it, take the time to absorb the scale and importance of what we are all a part of. Because that’s exactly what I wanted to focus on with you today.
We’re part of one of the most maverick companies in the world, and we can do things that have never been done before. X is part of a unique constellation of companies that change the world – whether it is contributing to the preservation of the planet thanks to Tesla electric vehicles, to the exploration of new planets with SpaceX, to connectivity Starlink’s transparent global network, with the potential to transform lives with Neuralink, to responsibly reinvent the benefits of AGI with xAI.
You are at X because you have the courage and conviction to build and operationalize the most significant platform in existence. It’s a completely enviable position.
Our mission at X is bold: to be an open platform without censorship of thought – a platform that provides people with information and the freedom to form their own opinions. Our principles are priceless and will never be compromised. And no matter how hard they try, we will not be distracted by fringe critics who don’t understand our mission.
I am immensely proud to lead this company – with the enthusiasts and partners of the X community and, very happily, with all of YOU.
As always, if you need me, I’m here.
Watch: Elon Musk to advertisers who try to “blackmail” him.