Inside Linda Yaccarino’s X all-hands after Elon Musk’s platform sues Media Matters: ‘By all means, put your heads together to bring new revenue into the company’

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“Some customers have still paused their investments because of some misleading or manipulated information in an article,” Yaccarino stated, referring to the Media Matter report. “But the data tells the real story and I want to be extremely clear about our efforts, and talk about the most important thing that we’ve been doing—and that’s the most important thing—about fighting anti semitism and discrimination. There’s no place for it anywhere on this platform, anywhere in the world, and we’re doing our best to keep fighting it at X.”

Media Matters revealed a report Thursday that stated ads for manufacturers together with Apple, Oracle, and Xfinity had appeared subsequent to content material on X that was pro-Nazi and/or pro-Adolf Hitler. The report adopted X proprietor Elon Musk agreeing with a publish that accused Jews of hating white individuals. Afterwards, many main manufacturers paused promoting, together with Yaccarino’s former employer, NBCUniversal.

Musk, who purchased the platform for $44 billion final yr and has seen its worth plummet to $19 billion, posted on Saturday that “X Corp will be filing a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and ALL those who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company.” Musk additionally defended his personal rhetoric, calling claims that he’s anti-semitic “bogus.” X didn’t reply to Fortune‘s request for remark.

X made good on Musk’s menace on Monday, suing Media Matters in federal court in Texas. X claims Media Matters “knowingly and maliciously manufactured side-by-side images depicting advertisers’ posts on X Corp.’s social media platform beside Neo-Nazi and white-nationalist fringe content and then portrayed these manufactured images as if they were what typical X users experience on the platform.” X claims the watchdog group “designed both these images and its resulting media strategy to drive advertisers from the platform and destroy X Corp.” X is searching for unspecified financial damages and calls for that Media Matters take down the report.

In an announcement, Media Matters stated, “This is a frivolous lawsuit meant to bully X’s critics into silence. Media Matters stands behind its reporting and looks forward to winning in court.”

At the workers assembly Monday, one nameless worker requested Yaccarino what she would take into account the finest consequence of the lawsuit. Yaccarino responded that it “would be the validation that Media Matters, unfortunately manipulates, in this case, not just advertisers but people in general.”

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Hopefully this is a disinfectant that surfaces all the great work that all of us are doing at X,” she stated.

Both Musk and Yaccarino have defended X on the social media platform in the wake of the report. Musk claimed on Saturday that the watchdog group “created an alternate account and curated the posts and advertising appearing on the account’s timeline to misinform advertisers about the placement of their posts.”

Yaccarino reiterated lots of the particulars in Musk’s publish on Monday, telling workers that “this was a contrived experience that could be curated—or this situation could be committed—on any platform today.”

“No platform is gonna get it right,” Yaccarino stated. “So they basically gamed the system.”

The X chief govt additionally sought to calm worries about the advertiser exodus, claiming some manufacturers nonetheless doing enterprise with X have informed her that they consider that X “is vital for the global community” however need Yaccarino to share extra information to allow them to clarify their positions to workers and key stakeholders.

“They know that I work hard on their behalf and that I am a truth teller, and I want them to hear it from me—everything that is going on at the company,” Yaccarino, who has been in the promoting enterprise for a number of a long time, informed workers. “And I tell a lot of people this: I didn’t come to the company because I needed the company. I came to the company because I wanted to help lead X and be successful in what we’re trying to achieve here.”

As massive manufacturers have paused adverts on X, numerous right-wing media companies and influencers have pledged to advertise on X so as to make up for misplaced revenue. One nameless staffer requested what ought to “we do as employees to be more responsible … just to help offset anything that we might be seeing from a loss from advertisers?”

Yaccarino responded that workers ought to “be as fiscally responsible as possible,” together with solely expensing “critical and necessary travel.” A supply accustomed to the matter informed Fortune the firm had simply up to date its journey coverage to mirror this assertion and that some journey may need to be authorised by Yaccarino or Musk.

“If you deal with contracts, if you’re negotiating with anyone, just know that the pauses cause a more specific discipline and diligence as it relates to any type of spending at the company,” Yaccarino stated. “And by all means, put your heads together to bring new revenue into the company.”

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