Backlash builds after Elon Musk calls antisemitic conspiracy theory ‘actual truth’

Elon Musk has encouraged extremists and white supremacists throughout his year-long tenure as the owner of X, formerly Twitter, but this week he still managed to push the limits of what users — and creators — can do. advertisement – will allow.

On Wednesday, Musk endorsed a post from an X user that accused Jewish communities of spreading “dialectical hatred against whites.” The statement itself was a response to a separate post by X that shared a PSA video from the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism along with criticism of anonymous users who posted “Hitler was right” online .

“I’m not too interested in giving the slightest shit right now about western Jewish populations coming to the terrifying realization that the hordes of minorities (they support) flooding into their country don’t like them very much,” the X user wrote in reply. “You want to tell the truth to your face, there you go.”

Musk replied: “You are telling the absolute truth.”

The post Musk went out of his way to praise invoked the same white nationalist conspiracy theory backed by Tree of Life synagogue shooter Robert Bowers. Minutes before the shooting, Bowers posted on the far-right social media site Gab that the Jewish American nonprofit HIAS that provides aid to refugees “wants to bring in invaders to kill our people.” “I can’t sit by and watch my people get killed,” Bowers wrote, moments before 11 people were killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The comment from X’s owner and CTO drew widespread condemnation. On Friday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates ANSWERED in Musk’s latest endorsement of white supremacy on his own platform.

“We condemn this heinous promotion of Antisemitic and racist hatred in the strongest terms, which goes against our core values ​​as Americans,” Bates said, referring to the Tree of Life tragedy and the deadly attack by Hamas in Israel on October 7. “We all have a responsibility to unite people against hatred, and an obligation to speak out against anyone who attacks the dignity of their fellow Americans and compromises the safety of our communities.

The fallout from Musk’s support for antisemitic and racist conspiracies spread further Friday afternoon, with Apple announces a “pause” in all X company’s advertising.

The tweet that Musk called “the actual truth” also resonated more widely Great Substitute conspiracy theory, popularized by white nationalists to sow fear about non-white people displacing the majority white population of countries like the US

The owner of X has dealt with antisemitic figures in the past. Musk previously welcomed Kanye West to X after blocking the musician on Instagram after invoking antisemitic tropes. Less than a day later, West tweeted his intention to “die (sic) con 3 To JEWISH PEOPLE” and later posted a Star of David combined with a swastika. X suspended West’s account in December but reinstated it over the summer.

A year later, Musk reinstated several accounts previously suspended for spreading hate, including the infamous neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, who created the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer. On his return, Anglin took a dig at Twitter’s new rules in a response to Musk: “You get a 12-hour suspension for tweeting a Star of David with a swastika… Whatever the rules are , people will follow it. We just need to know what the rules are.”

Musk has made a habit of hanging out with self-proclaimed white nationalists and other figures of hate at X. In September, Musk liked a tweet from a self-described “rabidly anti-Semitic” who started a campaign to ban the Anti-Defamation League from X. Musk accused the ADL, a Jewish civil rights organization, of being “the biggest generator of anti-Semitism on this platform” and threatened to sue the group because of lost advertising revenue from its criticism of the rise of hatred of X under his leadership.

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz offered a sardonic one COMMENTS about the situation with Threads, Meta’s X competitor. “Xitter CEO Linda Yaccarino faces her biggest test yet as she decides whether to fire her antisemitic CTO or risk losing even more advertisers,” Moskovitz wrote. “How will he handle this difficult, but morally ambiguous situation?”

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