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Elon Musk softens ‘go f— yourself’ comment as he tries to woo advertisers back to the platform

  • Speaking at the Cannes Lions festival on Wednesday, Elon Musk said his remark telling advertisers to “go f— yourself” was meant as a general point on free speech rather than a comment to the wider industry.
  • “It wasn’t to advertisers as a whole,” Musk said. “It was with respect to freedom of speech.”
  • Last year, some of the world’s largest advertisers including Apple, IBM, Disney, and Sony pulled advertising on X in the wake of controversial comments made by the platform’s billionaire owner.
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Elon Musk on Wednesday tried to walk back remarks lashing out at advertisers fleeing his X social media platform.

At the Cannes Lions advertising festival in Cannes, France, Musk was asked by WPP CEO Mark Read what he meant by telling advertisers threatening to pull ads from the platform late last year to “go f— yourself.”

Musk said it was meant as a general point on free speech rather than a comment to the wider advertising industry.

“It wasn’t to advertisers as a whole,” Musk said. “It was with respect to freedom of speech, I think it is important to have a global free speech platform, where people from a wider range of opinions can voice their views.”

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“In some cases, there were advertisers who were insisting on censorship,” Musk said. “At the end of the day … if we have to make a choice between censorship and losing money, [or] censorship and money, or free speech and losing money, we’re going to choose the second.”

www.cnbc.com/2024/06/19/elon-musk-softens-go-f-yourself-comment-to-woo-advertisers.html

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