Elon Musk Expands Substack Feud With Matt Taibbi

Elon Musk lashed out at journalist Matt Taibbi in response to his former Twitter Files ally’s flounced off the platform on Friday – while Taibbi expressed his confusion at the blaze.

“All I can say is that I seem to be in the middle of a business dispute,” Taibbi told The Post on Saturday.

A day after Taibbi complained to Twitter about the suppression of Substack, the subscription-based site hosting his coverage, Musk noted insisted in a tweet that the accusation is “false”.

“Substack links were never blocked” on Twitter, Musk claimed. He also said, “It turns out Matt is/was an employee of Substack.”

“None of this is true,” Substack co-founder Chris Best retorted in a post on the Notes platform of Substack, a Twitter rival whose upcoming launch seems to have inflamed Musk’s ire. “It’s one thing to mess with Substack, but quite another to treat authors that way.”

On Friday, Twitter began blocking “likes” and comments on tweets related to substack stories — two of the most important ways for its writers to garner attention — and tagged substack links with an “unsafe” label.

“Anyone using the product can see this,” Best wrote.

Elon Musk
Elon Musk criticized his former ally, Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi, in a tweet.
AFP via Getty Images

Matt Taibbi
Independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who hosts his writing on Substack’s subscription-based website, protested Musk’s suppression tactics.
Getty Images

Posted by Chris Best on Substack Notes
Substack co-founder Chris Best hit back at Musk on Notes, a new Twitter-like platform the subscription site is about to launch.

As of Saturday afternoon, the “unsafe” labels appeared to have been removed from Substack links on Twitter, the platform Musk bought for $44 billion in October — and has been trying to monetize ever since.


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing dustinjones@ustimetoday.com.

Related Articles

Back to top button