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Ross Gerber Says ‘Tesla Is Providing Charity To X’ After Fans Go Gaga Over EV Giant’s Ads On Elon Musk’s Platform

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As Tesla, Inc.‘s (NASDAQ:TSLAfundamentals falter amid slowing electric-vehicle adoption and increased competition, the company faces pressure to resort to advertising to boost appeal for EV ownership, particularly Tesla models. Against this backdrop, recent news of Tesla launching a paid ad campaign on X, formerly known as Twitter, failed to impress a longtime investor in the company.

What Happened: On Tuesday, a Tesla influencer shared a Tesla ad on X, announcing, “Tesla has started paid advertising on X in the U.S.” The ad featured the Model Y EV, highlighting its status as the best-selling car in the U.S. in 2023, eligibility for the $7,500 EV subsidy, range, safety features, and more.

However, a user on the X platform found the move peculiar and shared a meme depicting Elon Musk as both the advertiser and recipient of the ad spending dollars. Musk acquired X in late October 2022 and has since faced challenges in maintaining advertising revenue on the platform.

Reacting to the post, longtime Tesla investor turned critic Ross Gerber said, “Where is the Tesla BOD [board of directors]???? The most pointless place for Tesla to advertise is on X. So now Tesla is providing charity to X.”

BREAKING: Tesla has started paid advertising on X in the U.S.

— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) February 6, 2024

See Also: Everything You Need To Know About Tesla Stock

Why It’s Important: Many analysts and Tesla investors believe that advertising could benefit Tesla, which currently relies heavily on direct sales through its website and showrooms.

Future Fund’s Gary Black questioned Tesla’s reluctance to advertise. Tagging Musk and Martin Viecha, Tesla’s VP of Investor Relations, Black said in a post, “@elonmusk refuses to educate non-EV owners on the benefits of EVs (lower costs, easy to charge, better tech, autonomy, superior performance, good for the environment).”

“Great creative EV comms is fully consistent with Tesla’s mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Black, however, did not subscribe to Tesla communicating to existing Tesla owners on YouTube and X. “$TSLA has to target ICE owners who don’t know anything,” he said.

Under Musk’s leadership, X has undergone significant changes, including…

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