The European Commission has announced to stop advertising on X platform, owned by Elon Musk. According to an internal note on November 17, the EU Commission mentioned they had received complaints regarding the spread of disinformation on the platform.
Dana Spinant, the Commission’s Deputy Chief Spokesperson confirmed the EU Commission’s decision and said a note has been sent to all the staff including the heads of service and directors general.
EU Commission Suspends Advertising on X Until Further Notice
Dana Spinant said, considering the recent Israel-Hamas war posts and disinformation on the platform, they are pulling back from running ads on X. She said the temporary suspension of advertising on this platform until further notice will avoid risks of reputational damage to the Commission.
Notably, the decision came after the recent complaints against EU staffers, that they are targetting ads using categories related to political opinions and religious beliefs, especially the recent Israel-Hamas war situation.
The complaint was filed by a privacy rights not-for-profit organization, Noyb. After filing a complaint against the EU Commission, Noyb also mentioned that they will consider filing a report against Elon Musk and his X, for allowing EU staffers to run ads targeting issues related to political opinions and religious beliefs. To support their allegations and charges, the non-profit organization mentioned the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of EU regulation, which is being misused by the EU Commission staffers.
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Elon Musk Jewish Post Controversy
Recently, Elon Musk shared a post on X, in which he agreed with an anti-semitic post that accused Jews of encouraging hatred against “whites.” After this controversial post amid the Israel-Hamas situation, Musk received harsh criticism from netizens, which even led to the withdrawal of advertisements from the platform.
Besides, the EU Commission, IBM also announced to stop advertising on the X platform after they appeared next to pro-Nazi content. They said IBM has zero tolerance for hate speech and discrimination therefore suspending the ad on X until further investigation is completed.
Meanwhile, Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of X, shared a post regarding the Jewish uproar and hate speech. She said, that X’s point of view has always been very clear encouraging no discrimination and hatred. In her post, Linda, X’s CEO mentioned, that when it comes to this platform, X has also been extremely clear about efforts to ensure no antisemitism and discrimination is encouraged. She said, there is no place for hate and discrimination, as it is not right.
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