Right-wing billionaire Elon Musk, which spent tens of billions of dollars in 2022 to buy Twitter (now called X), is being ridiculed online for asking people to stop calling the platform by its universally known name. In a controversial exchange on the social media platform on Wednesday, Musk criticized the famous author. Stephen King for refusing to refer to the platform by its new name.

“According to the New York Timesterrorists may be paying for blue ticks on Twitter (I refuse to call it X),” King wrote.

Musk accused King of “deadnaming” the platform, a term typically used to describe the act of referring to a transgender person by their former name without their consent. Musk attempted to ridicule King, writing, “Stop naming X… Respect our transition,” in response to King’s tweet.

King was referring to a Times article about a report from the Tech Transparency Project, which found that X may be violating US sanctions because the company accepted payments from people or organizations that are prohibited from doing business with US companies. Those accounts include state media organizations and terrorist groups from Russia and Iran. The report found that Hezbollah leaders and Houthi rebels purchased subscriptions that provide users with blue checkmarks and other benefits on the platform.

Since acquiring Twitter, Musk has mocked people who display their pronouns and stated that “cis” and “cisgender” would be considered anti-heterosexual “slurs” on the platform.

Alejandra Caraballo, a transgender lawyer and instructor at Harvard Law School, criticized Musk’s stance on including his personal life in the conversation. Caraballo responded directly to Musk’s X post with a poignant comment: “Why? “You never respected your daughter’s (transition).”

Caraballo’s post referenced when one of Musk’s daughters, Vivian Jenna Wilson, requested a name change to reflect her gender identity and expressed her desire to sever ties with her father. The request highlighted her intention to separate herself from Musk for personal reasons. It marked a pivotal moment in Musk’s public persona, according to the book. Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson, contributing to his outspoken criticism of what he perceives as “woke” culture, a stance that has since influenced his public and business-related decisions.

“If you can deadname your kid, we can deadname your app, Elon,” another user wrote on X. “You don’t own anyone here.”

In its annual Social Media Safety Index, GLAAD called Musk’s social media site “the most dangerous platform for LGBTQ people.”

By Sam