Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and billionaire Elon Musk have a scheduled meeting next week to address tensions surrounding the rise of antisemitism on the Musk-owned X social media platform, formerly known as Twitter.
The prime minister’s office announced the meeting, set for Monday in the U.S., which will also include discussions on artificial intelligence.
The meeting comes amid accusations that Musk, who purchased the social media platform last October, is allowing the spread of antisemitism and hate speech on the site.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently called out Musk on the matter, with ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt stating that Musk has “amplified” the messages of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who want to ban their organization.
Musk pushed back against Greenblatt’s claims by accusing the organization’s chief, in a series of X posts last week, of “falsely accusing” him of being antisemitic, leading to a decrease in revenue for his site.
“Since the acquisition, The @ADL has been trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic,” Musk wrote. “Our US advertising revenue is still down 60%, primarily due to pressure on advertisers by @ADL (that’s what advertisers tell us), so they almost succeeded in killing X/Twitter!”
Musk also announced that his site would file a defamation claim against ADL, stating that the lawsuit would accuse the organization of “destroying half the value of the company,” which he valued at $22 billion.
Since Musk’s acquisition, X has undergone numerous changes, including the removal of blue verification badges and limitations on the number of direct messages a user can see.
Greenblatt, who recently had a meeting with X CEO Linda Yaccarino, expressed his willingness to collaborate with the platform in addressing the issue of antisemitism.
The Associated Press also contributed to this report.
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