Wednesday, November 29, 2023
The Washington Post has joined the growing list of companies suspending advertising on Elon Musk's Twitter/X platform amid a series of anti-Semitism controversies related to Musk's online posts.
The decision comes after Musk shared a meme endorsing the debunked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, a move that has intensified the ongoing advertiser exodus from Twitter/X.
The newspaper's tech journalist, Taylor Lorenz, had sought clarification from the Post's advertising department regarding their continued support for Musk despite the recent stories on rising anti-Semitism. However, the ad department declined to respond.
A Post spokesperson confirmed the decision to halt ad spending on Twitter/X, stating that the pause is effective this week, and ads on Musk's platform should cease running soon.
The spokesperson did not disclose the exact amount spent on advertising on Twitter/X. CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy, who has been monitoring the trend of companies pulling their ads from Musk's platform, noted that the fallout is extending beyond advertisers.