Elon Musk intensified his rift with Disney by involving Tesla in the fray. Numerous Tesla owners recently noticed the absence of Disney's streaming app, Disney+, from their vehicles, prompting speculation about the app's removal. Some users, like @TheTeslaHoe, expressed frustration, seeing this action as a potential reaction to Disney's withdrawal of advertising from X, a social media platform Musk supports.
This move follows a series of events in November when major brands, including Apple, Sony, and Disney, halted their ad campaigns on X after Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory. Musk's confrontational attitude during a live interview at the New York Times' Dealbook Summit, where he directed explicit language at those questioning the fleeing advertisers, notably called out Disney's CEO Bob Iger.
Tesla owners, including supporters like @WholeMarsBlog, confirmed the absence of the Disney+ app from their vehicles, sparking discussions about the removal's selective nature. Reports from Electrek suggested that Tesla initially informed Disney about the app's removal but later reconsidered, intending to remove it only from vehicles that hadn't previously used the Disney+ app.
The Disney+ app, part of Tesla's Theater mode alongside other platforms like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Twitch, and TikTok, seems to have been specifically targeted for removal. Despite Tesla's decision, they didn't offer Disney a clear reason for the app's removal, leaving implications open to interpretation.
----------This article is partly excerpted from Mashable.