Musk Accused of Anti-Semitism

( – Jewish leaders claim X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has been seeing increases in anti-Semitic posts, and they believe its owner and CEO, billionaire Elon Musk, is letting it happen. They’re asking heavy advertisers like Apple, Amazon, and Disney to pull their ads and stop supporting the site, but Musk insists he’s being falsely targeted.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) just published the results of its Tech Transparency Project, which reviewed approved ad placements on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and X. The data suggests the latter two do little to nothing to weed out damaging Jewish rhetoric, both listing extensive results for searches involving hate groups.

The ADL has been on Musk’s case for a while now, and the X CEO even threatened to sue the organization in early September. He claimed, noting the irony, that the anti-defamation group defamed him and his social media platform, devaluing the site by about $22 billion — or roughly half its original worth. He also reiterated that he was against anti-Semitism in any form. He added that the ADL has been “trying to kill” the platform ever since his multi-billion-dollar purchase.

The ADL is holding to its narrative that X is distributing dangerous anti-Semitic rhetoric. It also has advice for how both the industry and the government should be handling the issue. Steps for businesses include being more hands-on about ad placements to make sure hate groups don’t appear in search results, removing auto-generated material, and being more transparent about advertising. The group asks the government to mandate that part, creating surveillance groups to enforce anti-hate policies and changing the laws so that social media platforms can be held accountable for distributing damaging ad content.

Jewish leaders also recently published a letter on a website targeting Musk’s site — X Out Hate — which takes issue with the “#BanTheADL” hashtag, rampant anti-Semitic conspiracy theories across the platform, and reinstatement of accounts for alleged neo-Nazis Andrew Anglin and David Icke.

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