Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, recently made a controversial post on X (formerly known as Twitter) in which he supported the long-standing "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory. This came shortly after he faced criticism and an advertiser exodus for endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory. Musk responded to a post linking the founder of Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog, to the owner of the "Pizzagate restaurant," simply saying "Weird." By replying, Musk drew attention to the post for his millions of followers on X. Pizzagate is a conspiracy theory that emerged on various platforms in 2016, claiming that Hillary Clinton and other Democrats were involved in a pedophilia ring operating out of a pizza shop in Washington, DC. The false claims led to an individual firing shots inside the restaurant. This is not the first time Musk has promoted conspiracy theories on X, as he previously endorsed an antisemitic post and gave credence to a fringe conspiracy theory about an attack on Paul Pelosi. Musk faced backlash for engaging with antisemitic content, and several major advertisers suspended their spending on X. Musk has denied being antisemitic and his company has disputed the accuracy of the Media Matters report. X has sued Media Matters and has not removed the pro-Nazi accounts mentioned in the report, although they are no longer eligible for monetization.
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