Billionaire Elon Musk called for advertisers to be banned from his social media platform because of anti-Semitic content
His obscene remarks followed a moment of remorse in an interview with the New York Times DealBook Summit, when he first said “I’m sorry” for a tweet that matched an anti-Jewish post on X on November 15.
Musk has faced a barrage of criticism since Nov. 15, when he agreed with a user who falsely claimed that Jewish people were fanning hatred against white people, saying the user who referenced the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory was “speaking.” the actual truth”.
On Wednesday, Musk said he had “put a loaded gun in the hands” of critics and described his post as possibly the worst he had written in a series that included many “stupid” messages.
Tesla’s CEO bristled at the idea that he was anti-Semitic and said advertisers who left X, formerly known as Twitter, shouldn’t think they could blackmail him by saying “f*** you” multiple times said. At one point he added the words “Hey Bob,” an apparent reference to Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger, who ran ads on X.
The “Great Replacement” theory posits that Jewish people and leftists will bring about the ethnic and cultural replacement of the white population with non-white immigrants, which will result in “white genocide.”
Musk’s post was condemned by the White House for “abhorrent promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred.”
Following the post, major US companies, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and NBCUniversal parent Comcast, dropped their ads on the platform and filed a defamation lawsuit against Media Matters last week.
Following the sentencing, Musk traveled to Israel and toured the site of the Hamas attack in the country on October 7. On Monday, he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a live-streamed conversation on X.
Musk said Wednesday the trip was planned before his embassy and was “unrelated” to the matter.
Musk in Israel said he was against anti-Semitism and anything that “promotes hatred and conflict” and stated that X would not promote hate speech.
“The fact that you came here shows your commitment to a better future,” Netanyahu told Musk during the conversation.
The two men met back in September at Tesla headquarters in California to discuss the benefits and dangers of advanced artificial intelligence.
During the conversation, which came shortly after Musk’s attack on the Anti-Defamation League, Netanyahu urged the billionaire to strike a balance between protecting free speech online and combating hate speech.
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