Boss X’s comments come days after he came under fire for appearing to agree with an anti-Semitic post on the platform
Elon Musk, owner of social network X (formerly Twitter), said that anyone who appears to condone or advocate genocide of any group of people on the service will be removed from the platform.
Musk, who last year completed a multibillion-dollar takeover of the company he later renamed X, has faced accusations that hate speech, including anti-Semitism, has increased dramatically under his leadership. On Wednesday, Musk himself was accused of promoting an anti-Semitic trope after he said he agreed with a statement written by another user who suggested Jews stir up hatred against white people.
But, writing on X on Friday, Musk appeared to adopt a more neutral tone in his platform’s moderation of controversial content. “At the risk of stating the obvious, anyone advocating the genocide of any group will be suspended from this platform.” He said.
The billionaire added that terms such as “Decolonization” And “From the river to the sea” These are the phrases that “It means genocide.” It would be enough to impose a ban, he added “Clear calls for extreme violence are against our Terms of Service and will result in service suspension.”
“Decolonization” In the context of Israel, it is generally seen as referring to the dismantling of the Jewish state. Rally cry “From the river to the sea” Which refers to the geographical area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, is a call for peace and equality, many pro-Palestinian activists say. But its critics view it as a demand for the destruction of Israel.
Following Musk’s controversial post earlier this week, US tech manufacturer IBM said it would pull its advertising spending from X.
“IBM has zero tolerance for hate speech and discrimination.” The company said on Thursday. “We have immediately suspended all advertising on X while we investigate this completely unacceptable situation.” In addition, the White House on Friday accused Musk of… “The abhorrent promotion of racist, anti-Semitic hatred.”
X CEO Linda Yaccarino said Thursday that the platform has been clear in its mission statement “Combat anti-Semitism and discrimination” In addition to that “There is no place for that anywhere in the world.”
In addition to IBM, major companies like NBCUniversal, Disney, Paramount and Apple were among many others that said they would pull their advertising from X in protest of Musk’s tweet on Wednesday. In July, Musk admitted that the social media company’s advertising revenues had fallen by about 50% since he took control.