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Apple. Disney. IBM. NBCUniversal. Sony. These are just some of the big companies that have suspended their advertising campaigns on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, over the past few days.

Since then, numerous right-wing media companies and influencers have come together and pledged support for Elon Musk, promising to advertise on X in order to make up for the revenue lost from fleeing businesses. 

Last week, Elon Musk voiced his support for an antisemitic conspiracy theory that claims Jewish groups are replacing white people with immigrants from minority groups. Musk’s endorsement of this conspiracy on X also coincided with a Media Matters for America report that showed how big brands’ ads were appearing on pro-Nazi and pro-Hitler content. These two issues combined appear to have created a situation in which many big companies felt they could no longer advertise on the platform. 

On Saturday, Seth Dillon, CEO of conservative satire website Babylon Bee, announced that his company would be spending $250,000 to advertise on X in order to support “free speech.” Dillon’s support for Musk shouldn’t be a surprise. Babylon Bee’s suspension on then-Twitter was one of the reasons why Musk was interested in acquiring the social media platform to begin with.

Shortly after, YouTuber Tim Pool also pledged to spend the same amount on X ads “over the next few months.”

Soon, more right-wing media figures and companies followed with pledges of their own, albeit much less than the amounts that Dillon and Pool were promising. Political commentator Benny Johnson, for example, pledged $50,000 in ad spending. Other right-wing creators like The Quartering, Donut Operator, Gavin McInnes, and Elijah Schaffer pledged smaller amounts ranging from $2,500 to $40,000.

The controversial Andrew Tate, a “manosphere” influencer who has previously been charged with rape and human trafficking, pledged the largest amount, saying he’d give Musk $1 million per month without even running ads for his own endeavors. 

“I will advertise X on X, I will literally promote your own platform on this platform,” wrote Tate. “1,000,000 USD a month. You dont need other advertisers. Simply let me know where to pay @elonmusk.”

It’s unclear if Tate is serious or even has the resources to basically donate $12 million per year to X. However, taken at face value, Tate’s comment that Musk would “not need other advertisers” if Tate paid $1 million per month to X is clearly ludicrous.

As of publishing, a total of 8 right-wing media figures and groups have pledged $1,627,500 in ad buys on X. That includes Tate’s possibly unserious offer. In addition, the majority of those pledges are over the course of multiple months, so that amount is not per month.

To compare to the amount X has lost from fleeing advertisers, Apple alone reportedly spends more than $100 million per year on X ads. Looking at it more broadly, advertising made up 90 percent of the $5.1 billion that then-Twitter made in the year before Musk took over. 

Musk has already voiced his appreciation for the advertising pledges in a post on X. But, the truth is that the support from these right-wing figures cannot fill the gaping revenue hole left by these big brands and corporations who are taking their ad dollars elsewhere after its owner’s recent actions.


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MuskWire TLDR:

Several major companies, including Apple, Disney, IBM, NBCUniversal, and Sony, have suspended their advertising campaigns on the platform formerly known as Twitter, referred to as X in this article. This decision came after Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, voiced support for an antisemitic conspiracy theory on X. The conspiracy theory claims that Jewish groups are replacing white people with immigrants from minority groups. This endorsement by Musk coincided with a report by Media Matters for America, which highlighted how big brands’ ads were appearing on pro-Nazi and pro-Hitler content on X. As a result, many big companies felt they could no longer advertise on the platform.

In response, several right-wing media companies and influencers have pledged their support for Musk and promised to advertise on X to make up for the lost revenue from the departing businesses. Seth Dillon, CEO of conservative satire website Babylon Bee, announced that his company would spend $250,000 on X ads to support “free speech.” YouTuber Tim Pool also pledged the same amount for X ads over the next few months. Other right-wing figures and companies, such as political commentator Benny Johnson, The Quartering, Donut Operator, Gavin McInnes, and Elijah Schaffer, made smaller pledges ranging from $2,500 to $40,000. Andrew Tate, a controversial influencer, pledged the largest amount, offering to give Musk $1 million per month without running ads for his own endeavors.

It is unclear if Tate’s offer is serious or if he has the resources to fulfill it. However, even if taken at face value, his comment that Musk would “not need other advertisers” if he paid $1 million per month to X is considered unrealistic. In total, eight right-wing media figures and groups have pledged $1,627,500 in ad buys on X, although the majority of these pledges are spread over multiple months.

To put this into perspective, Apple alone reportedly spends more than $100 million per year on X ads. Advertising accounted for 90% of the $5.1 billion revenue generated by then-Twitter in the year before Musk took over. While Musk has expressed appreciation for the advertising pledges, it is evident that the support from these right-wing figures cannot fill the substantial revenue gap left by the departure of big brands and corporations who have chosen to take their ad dollars elsewhere due to the platform owner’s recent actions.