Musk uses an expletive to warn the crowd that he doesn't care about advertisers who left X because of hate speech.

NEW YORK (AP) Elon Musk, the billionaire, stated on Wednesday that advertisers who have stopped spending on his social media platform X in response to antisemitic 

and other nasty content are participating in "blackmail," and he essentially warned them to leave.

He appeared to address Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger explicitly, stating, "Hey Bob, if you're in the audience... that's how I feel."

Musk also apologized on stage at The New York Times DealBook Summit for embracing an antisemitic conspiracy theory in reaction to a post on X that prompted an advertiser exodus.

The remarks follow Musk's visit to Israel, where he saw a kibbutz assaulted by Hamas militants and spoke with top leaders.

Since purchasing the site last year, Musk has been accused by the Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish civil rights organization, and others of permitting antisemitic remarks. 

 Since the battle between Israel and Hamas began in October, the content on X, formerly Twitter, has been under heightened scrutiny.

A spate of major businesses, including Disney and IBM, ceased advertising on the platform earlier this month after liberal advocacy group Media Matters reported that their ads were showing alongside pro-Nazi and white supremacist content.

X has already sued Media Matters, alleging that the charity in Washington fabricated the article in order to "drive advertisers away from the platform and destroy X Corp."

 DC, fabricated the report in order to "drive advertisers away from the platform and destroy X Corporation."

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