The billionaire and owner of Company X (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk managed to upset quite a few people this week after expressing support for a tweet that supports anti-Semitism.
Former American actor Charlie Weber, who is known for his role as Ben Wilkenson in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, is an ardent supporter of Israel, who since the war broke out has been distributing posts on the X social network supporting Israel and the IDF’s actions in the Gaza Strip. A few days ago he shared a video and wrote: “To the cowards who hide behind the anonymity of the Internet and publish “Hitler was right”: do you have something you want to say? Why don’t you say it to our faces…”
One of the surfers directed blame at the Jews based on an anti-Jewish “conspiracy theory” and wrote: “Okay. Jewish communities push hatred towards the white West, the same hatred they claim is directed towards them. I don’t care about the western Jewish population, who find that minorities don’t really like them too much. You want the truth to be told to your face, here it is.” Musk wrote in response: “You told the truth.”
You have said the actual truth
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2023
This tweet, which received more than 7 million views, managed to anger many, and even the White House reacted to Musk’s words with rage: “It is unacceptable to repeat the terrible lie… a month after the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust,” said the White House spokesman. Andrew Bates referring to the Hamas-ISIS attack on October 7 and called it “a despicable promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred”. He added, “We condemn this abhorrent promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred in the strongest possible terms which goes against our core values as Americans. We all have a responsibility to bring people together against hate, and a duty to speak out against anyone who attacks the dignity of our fellow Americans and those who harm the safety of our communities.”
Following his support for the anti-Semitic tweet, he “earned” a boycott by governments and huge companies around the world. The giant IBM decided yesterday to ban all its ads on X, the world’s largest company, Apple, also announced a decision to ban all its ads on the X platform, the European Union asked all EU management services to stop displaying ads on X, Gilead Sciences stopped Advertise on Musk’s network and the giant company Adobe also joined the boycott of ads on the X platform.
The companies claimed in their announcement, among other things, that Elon Musk’s statement is considered anti-Semitic, that the X platform allows subscribers to upload pro-Nazi, fascist and anti-Jewish music videos and publications and to promote ads with false and misleading information.
After seeing that things were getting out of hand, Musk responded: “As I said earlier this week, statements like “decolonization,” “from the river to the sea,” and similar slurs that necessarily imply genocide, as well as clear calls for extreme violence, are against our terms of service and will cause for suspension.”
As I said earlier this week, “decolonization”, “from the river to the sea” and similar euphemisms necessarily imply genocide.
Clear calls for extreme violence are against our terms of service and will result in suspension. https://t.co/1fCFo5Lezb
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2023