In an attempt to reap a profit in 2024, CEO Linda Yaccarino has assigned her own son, Matt Madrazo, to handle the sale of Twitter advertising to GOP candidates.
Linda Yaccarino has given her son, Matt Madrazo, whom she trusts, the service’s Hail Mary gamble on an alleged $100 million political advertising business.
Since Musk assumed leadership, X has seen a decline in both revenue and user numbers. The number of site visitors has decreased by 15% from the previous year as users leave the platform, frequently for competitors like Bluesky and Meta’s Threads. Ad sales revenue has decreased by 54%, according to The Wall Street Journal, after many advertisers fled last year. Some advertisers have returned to the site, but they’re spending less than they did before: In September, Musk said X’s U.S. advertising revenue had dropped 60%.
Disney, Apple, and IBM are among a slew of companies who are pulling their ads from X, after owner Elon Musk appeared to endorse an antisemitic post earlier this week.
IBM said it pulled its ads after a report found its content appearing next to hate speech on the platform. The entertainment giant Lionsgate — which released the new Hunger Games film on Friday — will also will suspend ads.
The watchdog Media Matters found that ads from top companies, including IBM, Apple, Oracle, and Xfinity appeared next to posts promoting Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
“IBM has zero tolerance for hate speech and discrimination and we have immediately suspended all advertising on X while we investigate this entirely unacceptable situation,” IBM said.
Hate speech has skyrocketed on X since Musk purchased the site last year. Hateful content jumped shortly after the billionaire took ownership, and antisemitic content shot up by 61% just two weeks after the purchase, The New York Times reported at the time. The issue has not subsided: Earlier this week, The Center for Countering Digital Hate found that since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war, site moderators have failed to remove antisemitic, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim content from X.
“We’re thankful for his offer to join the session remotely, however it was agreed among all speakers that participation would be in person,” the statement read. “We look forward to Elon joining us at a future APEC CEO Summit.”
Musk was among the executives who attended a dinner with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in San Francisco on Wednesday evening.