Guns out: Elon Musk threatens to sue Microsoft

Emre Çitak
Apr 20, 2023
Updated • Apr 20, 2023
Microsoft, Twitter

In a shocking turn of events, Elon Musk, Twitter's CEO, has threatened to take legal action against Microsoft, accusing the tech titan of unlawfully using data from his social media platform. Musk expressed his frustration in a tweet, stating, "They trained illegally using Twitter data. Lawsuit time."

Musk's tweet came in response to Microsoft's decision to remove Twitter from its corporate advertising platform. While Musk did not elaborate on his claim and Microsoft chose to remain silent about it.

Musk's Twitter backlash

Previously, Microsoft had announced that its advertising platform would cease supporting Twitter from Tuesday, April 25. Consequently, ad buyers would be unable to access their Twitter accounts via Microsoft's social management tool. However, Microsoft clarified that other social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, would still be accessible.

Twitter's press team replied to an inquiry with their customary poo emoji. In a separate tweet addressing the social media platform's data issue, Musk mentioned that he was "open to ideas". He went on to say, "But ripping off the Twitter database, demonetizing it (removing ads), and then selling our data to others isn't a winning solution".

The background

Since acquiring Twitter for $44 billion (£35.4 billion) in October, Elon Musk has reduced the company's workforce by approximately 80% and implemented measures to strengthen its financial standing, including charging users for "blue tick" verification.

In recent months, major corporations like Apple have reportedly stopped advertising on the platform due to concerns about content moderation on the site. In November, Musk disclosed that Twitter had experienced a "massive" decline in revenue, attributing it to activists pressuring advertisers.

During an interview with the BBC last week, Musk revealed that Twitter was on the brink of collapse when he assumed control. He also mentioned that "almost all advertisers have come back or said they are going to come back" to Twitter. Musk expressed optimism that Twitter could become profitable by the second quarter of 2023 and stated that he would be willing to sell the company if the right person came along.


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  1. Martin P. said on April 22, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    What a buffoon Elon Musk is…

  2. Mrs. Doubtfire said on April 21, 2023 at 1:33 am



    I will dance on their grave and piss on it too.

  3. FoffMSFT said on April 20, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    MS & OpenAI are engaged in the biggest theft of IP/content in history. In the future, coders, writers artists, etc. will see their stolen work being published as original creations of MSFT.

  4. Anonymous said on April 20, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    I hope Elon wins.

    1. Jody Thornton said on April 20, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      Won’t even get to trial most likely.

  5. Anonymous said on April 20, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    same stupid rebutting reflex like his nacissistic brother in spirt, TrumptyDumpty

    1. Fred said on April 20, 2023 at 9:42 pm

      After all these years, still living rent free in your head.

    2. Anonymous said on April 20, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      He voted for biden in 2020… XD

  6. ElonSucks said on April 20, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Elon is an idiotic manchild, he won’t sue anyone. Tweets are literally public, you don’t even have to be logged in to access them. He should learn how his app works before dropping its value even further from the $20 billion (down from $44 billion) that it’s worth today. He is the Andrew Tate of the tech world. Clown-ass fool.

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