Elon Musk, the world’s richest person and owner of X, the social media network formerly known as Twitter, called an antisemitic post on the platform “the actual truth.”
The comment was made in response to a post by a user X, who stated that Jews have been promoting a form of hatred towards whites using dialectics, despite advocating for others to stop using it against them.
Musk replied, “You have spoken the truth” and also expressed disapproval towards the Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights against hate towards Jewish individuals. Musk stated on Twitter, “The ADL unfairly targets the majority of Western society, despite the fact that the majority supports Jewish people and Israel. This is because they are unable to criticize the minority groups who pose the biggest threat according to their beliefs.”
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in tensions on American college campuses regarding reported incidents of antisemitism and anti-Muslim sentiment. Meanwhile, Hamas fighters have fired a rocket…decrease in violence
Since October and the Israeli attacks in Gaza, there has been a decrease in the level of violence.
Notable increase in occurrences of antisemitism.
Data released by the ADL reveals that incidents have occurred across the United States.
The original post’s sentiment echoes some antisemitic conspiracy theories claiming that Jewish people want to bring in minorities to weaken White majorities. That belief was espoused by
Robert Bowers, who was found guilty of murder
In 2018, a person expressed hatred towards Jewish individuals on the internet prior to fatally shooting 11 individuals at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL, responded to Musk’s statement on X, expressing concern about the rise of anti-Semitism in the US and globally. He stated that it is dangerous to use one’s influence to support and promote anti-Semitic ideas.
Musk previously focused on the ADL.
In September, Musk announced his intention to file a lawsuit against the group for falsely accusing him and X of being anti-Semitic. He claimed that the ADL’s actions resulted in advertisers pulling out from the social media platform. In the year since purchasing the company, Musk has made several changes.
X has faced criticism for increasing hate speech due to the dismissal of its CEO and several employees, including those responsible for moderating content.
Musk, who has a personal net worth estimated at $243 billion by Forbes, utilizes X as a platform to share his personal opinions with his 163 million followers. He discusses a range of topics, including his companies’ products and social issues related to gender and race. However, some have denounced his statements for being harmful to certain communities, specifically transgender individuals. Additionally, critics argue that Musk has not done enough to prevent hate speech on X.
IBM has stopped advertising on X due to a report linking it to Nazi activities.
On Thursday, IBM announced that it has paused all advertising on X after a report from Media Matters, a liberal media outlet, revealed that their ads were being displayed next to content promoting Nazi ideology on the platform.
“According to a statement from a spokesperson at IBM, the company has a strict policy against hate speech and discrimination. As a result, all advertisements on X have been suspended while we conduct an investigation into this completely unacceptable situation,” the spokesperson stated in an email to CBS MoneyWatch.
According to a report released on Thursday by Media Matters, several major advertisers such as Apple, Oracle, and Comcast’s Xfinity have experienced their advertisements being displayed alongside content featuring Nazi themes on the social media platform.
Media Matters shared pictures of an advertisement by Apple for a Mac computer and an advertisement by IBM alongside a post featuring an image of Adolf Hitler and his supporters, which referred to them as experiencing a “spiritual awakening.”
A comment request was made to Oracle, Apple, and Comcast’s Xfinity, but they have not yet responded.
Prior to this, advertisers have been hesitant to use X because of worries about their advertisements being displayed next to hate speech. According to the Washington Post, the platform has experienced a 30% decrease in the amount of users actively tweeting.
16,000 patents and
However, Musk’s stakes are higher than just losing advertisers and users since he acquired Twitter for $44 billion, which also included 16,000 patents.
According to the New York Times, the value of X, which was originally purchased by Musk, has decreased by approximately 55% and is now estimated to be around $19 billion. This information was reported by banks such as Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
The decrease in value suggests that the banks’ investments have significantly decreased, potentially making it more challenging for them to recover their loans.