December 4, 2023

White House condemns Elon Musk’s ‘abhorrent’ promotion of antisemitism

The White House has condemned tech billionaire Elon Musk for selling an antisemitic conspiracy theory on the social media platform he owns calling it “unacceptable” and “abhorrent”.

Earlier this week, Mr Musk endorsed a put up on X that falsely asserted that Jewish folks “have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them”.

The put up seemed to be adjoining to a far-right antisemitic conspiracy theory generally known as the “great replacement” which suggests minorities are changing white Europeans.

Mr Musk instantly confronted backlash for endorsing the put up which was made as Jewish people are facing an increasing amount of hostility as a result of Israel-Hamas battle which started on 7 October.

“It is unacceptable to repeat the hideous lie behind the most fatal act of Antisemitism in American history at any time, let alone one month after the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust,” Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the White House, stated in an announcement

“We condemn this abhorrent promotion of Antisemitic and racist hate in the strongest terms,” Mr Bates added.

He added that Americans have a accountability and obligation to talk out in opposition to hateful assaults.

Elon Musk reacts throughout an in-conversation occasion with Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023


The Independent reached out to X for remark. The social media platform responded, “Busy now, check back later” in an e-mail.

Mr Musk’s current promotion of antisemitic content material is the newest in a historical past of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tolerating and selling antisemitic speech on his platform.

Last 12 months, he reinstated the accounts of a number of controversial individuals who beforehand made antisemitic feedback. In May, he in contrast Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler in a meme however then deleted it after the Auschwitz Museum scolded him.

Then in September, Mr Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organisation that describes itself because the “leading anti-hate organisation in the world”, for flagging an increase in antisemitic on X which led to misplaced income from advertisers. He claimed he and the platform weren’t antisemitic.

The ADL previously reported assaults on Jewish folks and communities have been on the rise on social media, together with X.

Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of X, said in a statement on Thursday that “X’s point of view has always been very clear that discrimination by everyone should STOP across the board — I think that’s something we can and should all agree on.

“When it comes to this platform — X has also been extremely clear about our efforts to combat antisemitism and discrimination. There’s no place for it anywhere in the world — it’s ugly and wrong. Full stop.”