Cornered by backlash over his ‘antisemitism’, Elon Musk has criticised what he termed as “bogus media stories” for the accusation that came after his tacit endorsement of a controversial tweet about Jews last week.
Many prominent companies have withdrawn their advertisements from X, citing concerns over antisemitic content they believe Musk has allowed to proliferate on the platform.
Slamming the Musk wrote on X, “This past week, there were hundreds of bogus media stories claiming that I am antisemitic. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
He further expressed his aspirations for humanity, saying, “I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.”
The controversy began when Musk responded to a tweet that read, “Jewish communities have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them,” and also suggested that Jews were supporting the immigration of “hordes of minorities” to the US.
Musk initially agreed with the tweet, saying the user was speaking “the actual truth.” However, following backlash, he clarified that his agreement did not imply that all Jewish communities harboured such sentiments.
Musk also criticised the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), blaming them for a significant drop in X’s advertising revenue. He accused the ADL of unfairly targeting the majority in the West while supporting Israel and Jews, tweeting, “This is because they cannot, by their own tenets, criticize the minority groups who are their primary threat. It is not right and needs to stop.”
He further accused the ADL of attempting to shut down the site and threatened legal action against them for allegedly falsely accusing him and the platform of antisemitism.
Musk specifically targetted Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a non-profit organisation that fights antisemitism, blaming it for X’s loss of ad revenue.
Musk and X have been under a microscope all week for antisemitic and racist content that has proliferated on the site since he purchased it in 2022.
Antisemitism has been on the rise in recent years in the US and elsewhere. Following the outbreak of war between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which attacked Israel on October 7, antisemitic incidents in America rose by nearly 400% from the year-earlier period, the ADL said.
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