Why is Elon Musk threatening to sue the ADL?

One of this week’s biggest online fights was between the Anti-Defamation League and Twitter (is anyone calling it “X”?)—or, more specifically, Twitter’s CEO, Elon Musk, the richest man in the world. If you believe the ADL, since Musk took over, antisemitism has skyrocketed on the platform, as banned accounts got reinstated and free speech rules became relaxed. If you believe Musk, Twitter ad revenue has dropped 60 percent because of the ADL lobbying companies to boycott the controversial platform. In a recent tweet, Musk threatened to sue the ADL for defamation. Whether he will, or even can, is totally unclear; what’s more obvious is how Twitter has changed since Musk took over last fall.

To dissect the issue, Avi and Phoebe and joined by guest host Jon Kay, a writer, active tweeter and editor at Quillette.

Afterwards, Kay sticks around to discuss how Jews are treated in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Plus: Is the Blue Jays’ rookie Spencer Horwitz hot? And you’ve still got time to submit to the Great Canadian Sermon Slam: email your entry to [email protected].


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold and Phoebe Maltz Bovy. Zachary Kauffman is the producer and editor. Michael Fraiman is the executive producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Support the show by subscribing to this podcast, donating to The CJN and subscribing to the podcast’s Substack.