In response to a rise in anti-Semitic hate speech on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), thousands of Christians have signed a petition condemning Elon Musk and calling on corporate advertisers to take action against him.
Faithful America, a Christian group that supports social justice causes while opposing “Christian nationalism,” wrote in a petition released Friday that X has become a breeding ground for anti-Semitism and represents “the greatest danger to the Jewish people in years.” one”. The group warned that if significant changes were not made, potential violence against the Jewish community could result.
“As members of the Christian organization Faithful America, we recognize the serious threat posed by Elon Musk’s dangerous attacks on the ADL, we condemn his choice to allow anti-Semitism to spread on his platform, and we align ourselves with rabbis, academics, and Statement from the community. Leaders of Jewish organizations demand that advertisers immediately cease doing business with X,” the Loyal America petition states.
As of Sunday afternoon, the petition had more than 9,500 signatures of its intended goal of 10,000.
According to new research released on September 13 by the Center to Counter Digital Hate (CCDH), which sampled 300 posts from 100 accounts, sampling 3 posts from each account, it found that X continues to host nearly 86% of reports content. Hate speech posts. These posts include promoting and glorifying anti-Semitism, anti-Black racism, neo-Nazism, white supremacy and/or other racism.
A week after reporting the posts to moderators on Aug. 30 and 31, CCDH wrote that researchers found that X left 259 of the 300 posts. As of the time of the study’s publication, 90 out of 100 accounts remained active.
This comes after Musk took over the social media platform in 2022, publicly criticizing the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and extremism.
In a series of posts on X last month, Musk repeatedly accused the ADL of Platform revenue dropped 60%alleging a concerted effort by the group to drive advertisers away.
“Since the acquisition, the ADL has sought to eliminate the platform by falsely accusing it and me of anti-Semitism.” Musk wrote. “In order to clear our platform’s name on the issue of anti-Semitism, it appears we have no choice but to file a defamation lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League… Oh, the irony!”
However, Musk X specified above He spoke out against anti-Semitism, writing: “To be very clear, I support free speech but oppose anti-Semitism of any kind.”
Additionally, Musk has repeatedly engaged with anti-Semitic accounts on X, and his accusations sparked the X hashtag #BanTheADL.
Weekly newspaper Musk and Loyalty America have been contacted via email for comment.
“The tech billionaire amplified anti-ADL hashtags launched by white nationalists. He even threatened to sue the group for daring to honestly report that his company was bringing hate into mainstream America — absurdly putting Twitter /X’s loss of advertising revenue is blamed on this organization,” Faithful America added in Friday’s petition.
While Faithful America acknowledges that Christians have historically been complicit in anti-Semitism, the group still needs change, urging the Christian community and others to denounce Musk.