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Elon Musk, the owner of X, criticized advertisers with expletives on Wednesday at The New York Times’s DealBook Summit.

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[-] [email protected] 197 points 3 months ago

I loved him telling advertisers to fuck off and all the people listening just laughing at him like the moron that he is. He thinks his edgy, middle aged man schtick is cool, but everyone's laughing at how pathetic he is

[-] [email protected] 103 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

What he doesn’t realise (which most middle aged men don’t realise, myself included) is how far the culture has moved since 2001. The values, the mores, the basic morality has shifted. It isn’t tight jeans past 40 that make you look old, it’s your outmoded relationship with the world that does that.

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[-] [email protected] 127 points 3 months ago

It's very funny that his single biggest failure is so public. Like if The Boring Company couldn't find customers, it would just quietly shut down. Newsworthy, but only for like a day.

This is monthly stories about severe incompetence and petulance.

[-] [email protected] 82 points 3 months ago

It’s very funny that his single biggest failure is so public.

biggest failure in public...so far.

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[-] [email protected] 111 points 3 months ago

I thought this guy was supposed to be right wing? Doesn't he like the free market? Because, I mean, the alternative is regulation. We could make antisemitism illegal, but in the west we have largely decided that we will instead rely on free market forces (read: public shaming) to root that shit out.

It's almost as if... and this might sound crazy, but hear me out... it's almost as if this guy wants the advantages of capitalism, but none of its disadvantages?

[-] [email protected] 68 points 3 months ago

He's a libertarian. That means he thinks he can do whatever the fuck he wants but will squeal like a stuck pig at the slightest sign of pushback.

[-] [email protected] 39 points 3 months ago

And as any "proper" libertarian, he depends deeply on State money (SpaceX + Tesla).

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[-] [email protected] 55 points 3 months ago

Everyone loves capitalisim until it's inflicted on them. Oddly enough, this includes Musk.

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[-] [email protected] 36 points 3 months ago

Hypocrisy? From a right winger? What's next, water being wet?

[-] [email protected] 81 points 3 months ago

I hope more people and businesses come to their senses and move to mastodon.

[-] [email protected] 71 points 3 months ago

I hope the businesses who come do like the BBC and spin up their own server. I don't want them making accounts on places like Lemmy, like reddit, where someone is having their username taken away now for 'trademark infringement.' Username was "FoodNetwork."

The fact that reddit just letting business steal fucking usernames is god damned vile.

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[-] [email protected] 77 points 3 months ago

So when twitter actually dies will people finally start using mastodon then? Or they too eager to use another billionaire owned social media and migrate to threads?

[-] [email protected] 56 points 3 months ago

I'm going to invent the perfect social media system where you type a comment and then a bunch of LLMs just argue with you forever and nobody has to read anybody else's stupid bullshit.

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

They're already going to threads or bluesky if they're able. Honestly though? I don't think we want THAT many people flooding the fediverse. There's already a bunch of accounts here that exist only to troll or have bad takes.

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[-] [email protected] 73 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Elon: Go fuck yourself advertisers

Advertisers: Understandable, have a nice day [doubles spend on other platforms]

I don't see how anyone expected this to end. I for one am hoping for a fatal ketamine od.

[-] [email protected] 68 points 3 months ago

"Hours later, Linda Yaccarino, X’s chief executive, tried to mitigate the damage. In a post on X, she shifted attention to Mr. Musk’s apology for associating himself with antisemitism and appealed to advertisers to return.

“X is enabling an information independence that is uncomfortable for some people,” Ms. Yaccarino wrote. “X is standing at a unique and amazing intersection of Free Speech and Main Street — and the X community is powerful and here to welcome you.”

It's called information independence y'all, look it up. Kinda like alternative facts but better.

[-] [email protected] 84 points 3 months ago

X is giving actual Nazis a platform, so that comment can fuck right off.

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[-] [email protected] 36 points 3 months ago

information independence

independent from what?

[-] [email protected] 31 points 3 months ago
[-] [email protected] 29 points 3 months ago

Critical thinking, apparently.

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[-] [email protected] 66 points 3 months ago

Elon made Lemmy side with Big Advertisement

[-] [email protected] 44 points 3 months ago

Weird how people applaud companies when they do good things.

[-] [email protected] 31 points 3 months ago

We meet again, still the most gnarly username to date, will keep you informed.

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[-] [email protected] 66 points 3 months ago

Please buy Facebook next!!!

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[-] [email protected] 64 points 3 months ago

"why are the companies leaving after I told them to fuck themselves and right after spreading nazi propaganda? It's a mystery."

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[-] [email protected] 61 points 3 months ago

“X is enabling an information independence that is uncomfortable for some people,” Ms. Yaccarino wrote. “X is standing at a unique and amazing intersection of Free Speech and Main Street — and the X community is powerful and here to welcome you.”

Wow, the mental gymnastics. Someone call the Olympic committee.

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[-] [email protected] 57 points 3 months ago

He's trying to find a scapegoat to blame for destroying the company, and he seems to think he's found it in the advertisers that are withdrawing their money.

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[-] [email protected] 54 points 3 months ago

Finally. Took them long enough.

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[-] [email protected] 44 points 3 months ago

The most hilarious thing about the whole thing to me was the way he said, "blackmail me with money?" as if he's definitely automatically wealthy to a level that he doesn't have to worry about being bullied.

Leave aside the whole framing where the only reason people might be pulling out is to blackmail Elon Musk personally, and just assume that that's true and analyze the question of whether he's big enough to be immune if they decide that's what they want to do. Musk is worth somewhere around $100-200 billion personally. I picked, totally at random, a single one of the advertisers who have pulled out, and learned that Eli Lilly has a market cap of around $565 billion. Remember this? Back from a year ago?

Eli Lilly and Co. stopped showing ads on Twitter the day after an account impersonating the pharmaceutical company — complete with a purchased blue check mark — posted, "We are excited to announce insulin is free now."

Eli Lilly asked Twitter to take it down, but the tweet remained up for hours, because the platform's staff was stretched thin due to recent layoffs and resignations. The tweet garnered hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes, and Eli Lilly's stock soon took a dive.

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[-] [email protected] 41 points 3 months ago

Huh. I wonder why Saudi Arabia isn't demanding their $22B back.

[-] [email protected] 38 points 3 months ago

Because they didn't do it as an investment. Destroying the platform was the point.

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[-] [email protected] 41 points 3 months ago

Musk: "F*ck off and don't advertise." Advertisers:

[-] [email protected] 40 points 3 months ago

Good news, Elon! Now you can openly let your bigot flag fly and don't even have to pretend to not mean it!

[-] [email protected] 27 points 3 months ago

He as a CEO does not understand that sometimes, it's best to just SHUT UP.

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

Everything Disney owns needs to leave, including ABC and ESPN. Otherwise it's all bullshit theater from them.

[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

He bought this company. Why doesn't he sell it? He's clearly not running it well, and he regretted buying it in the first place. Let's start a petition to encourage Musk to let it go.

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