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Elon Musk agreed with an antisemitic tweet on X

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On Wednesday, an X user made an antisemitic post that accused Jewish people of advocating for hatred against “whites.” Musk replied by writing “you have said the actual truth.” 

The claims in the post were based on longstanding antisemitic tropes that portray Jewish people as secretly controlling the world and having dual allegiances. While some versions of those racist conspiracy theories have existed for centuries, even millennia, their most recent iteration is the “Great Replacement Theory,” which posits that Jewish people want people of color to immigrate to majority white countries in order to permanently alter their demographics. A portion of the post Musk liked mentioned “hordes of minorities,” an apparent reference to this theory.

Musk’s post is just his latest brush with bigotry. Since acquiring the then-Twitter in October 2022, civil rights groups have accused Musk of allowing hate speech to proliferate on the platform. 

In just the first two weeks after Musk bought the site, antisemitic posts increased 61%, according to the Council for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a non-profit that tracks hate speech on the internet. In August, their claims incensed Musk to the point that X filed a lawsuit against the CCDH for allegedly conducting a “scare campaign to drive away advertisers.” Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war last month, the CCDH found that hate speech on the platform only worsened. The group released a report showing that 98% of 200 posts it reported for violating X’s guidelines remained on the site. 

This wasn’t the first time Musk has threatened legal action against an advocacy group. In September, Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, the civil rights organization that focuses on addressing antisemitism, for “trying to kill” X, he said. Musk then met with ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, in a meeting that was meant to clear the air. Greenblatt told CNBC he left the meeting still…

Paolo Confino

2023-11-16 19:38:14

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