X's (formerly Twitter) owner, Elon Musk, is refuting accusations of anti-Semitism, labeling them as "bogus" after his recent backing of controversial content on the platform.
This endorsement triggered outrage, leading major advertisers like Apple, IBM, and Disney to distance themselves from the platform.
This past week, there were hundreds of bogus media stories claiming that I am antisemitic.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2023
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.
The uproar began when Musk agreed with a post suggesting that Jewish people harbor a "dialectical hatred" toward white individuals, a perspective associated with white supremacist conspiracy theories. Musk responded to this tweet emphatically, stating, "You have spoken the actual truth."
Okay.— The Artist Formerly Known as Eric (@breakingbaht) November 15, 2023
Jewish communties have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.
I'm deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing…
You have said the actual truth— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2023
Wannabe dictator Bibi @netanyahu says to the richest Nazi in history “I know your opposition to antisemitism.”— Jim Stewartson, Anti-disinfo activist 🇺🇸🇺🇦💙 (@jimstewartson) September 18, 2023
Musk: “I’m sort of against attacking any group.”
The fact is he blamed the ADL for destroying Twitter, constantly promotes “anti-white racism” & signals to Nazis.
The… https://t.co/eU8GfVqflG pic.twitter.com/RQaxhayYG9
Media Matters for America, a left-leaning watchdog, reported instances where ads from IBM, Apple, Oracle, and Comcast's Xfinity appeared alongside content containing Hitler quotes, Nazi praise, and Holocaust denial
X has been placing ads for brands like Apple, Bravo (NBCUniversal), IBM, Oracle, and Xfinity (Comcast) next to posts touting Hitler and his Nazi Party. Linda Yaccarino previously claimed brands are “protected from the risk of being next to” toxic posts. https://t.co/h07Q4yI5X0 pic.twitter.com/EYauJaofXv— Eric Hananoki (@ehananoki) November 16, 2023
Musk has also been intensifying his criticism of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) during a social media campaign against the group.
He said that they are "ironically the biggest generators of anti-Semitism on this platform!" This response was prompted by a video clip where conspiracy theorist Alex Jones labeled the ADL as "pro-Hitler."
The ADL, because they are so aggressive in their demands to ban social media accounts for even minor infractions, are ironically the biggest generators of anti-Semitism on this platform!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2023
Musk responded with laughing emojis to a tweet from Andrew Torba, the CEO of a far-right social media platform known for promoting antisemitic views.
Torba has a history of making discriminatory statements against Jews, including claiming that the US is a Christian nation and making derogatory remarks about the Jewish population.
Musk's reaction to such content raises concerns about his stance on antisemitism.
Elon Musk replying to Gab founder + open antisemite Andrew Torba.— Ben Goggin (@BenjaminGoggin) June 10, 2023
He recently said “The Jews in positions of power do not care that you have the freedom of speech in this country, they care that people like Ye have the freedom to reach a lot of people and criticize their power” pic.twitter.com/Svs3O6eZ4s
Musk responded to an antisemitic tweet linking President Joe Biden and actor-director Mel Gibson, known for making offensive statements about Jews.
The tweet suggested a false conspiracy involving a chemical called adrenochrome and implied harmful stereotypes about Jews.
Musk's response, praising Gibson's physique, raised concerns about his stance on antisemitism.
🚨 Elon Musk has gone beyond dogwhistles and has now engaged with an explicitly antisemitic tweet.— Elad Nehorai (@EladNehorai) June 7, 2023
“Js” here refers to Jews. The implication is that Mel Gibson is buff because he hates Jews. And that Biden drinks the blood of children (blood libel).
This is beyond dangerous. pic.twitter.com/Ldtr4mcY4T
Musk compared George Soros to the X-Men villain Magneto, suggesting Soros hates humanity. This comparison, drawing on the X-Men character who is a Holocaust survivor, raises concerns about Musk's views on Soros, and the tweet received criticism from Israel's Foreign Ministry.
George Soros is a Hungarian-American billionaire investor and philanthropist. He was once a hedge fund tycoon who managed client money in New York.
You assume they are good intentions. They are not. He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2023
The controversies surrounding Elon Musk's recent statements and interactions have raised significant concerns about his stance on antisemitism and generated criticism from various quarters.