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Elon Musk says audits show less antisemitism on X than other apps

Billionaire Elon Musk said Monday that the platform of Company X, formerly known as Twitter, has less anti-Semitic content than other social media applications, according to an audit commissioned by the company. Ta.

Musk spoke at a conference on combating anti-Semitism in Krakow, Poland, after visiting the site of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The conference, organized by the Association of European Jews, aimed to address the “disconcerting surge” in anti-Semitism in Europe since the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack on Israel sparked the war. The war is now in its third month.

“Our external audit shows that out of all the other social apps, X has the least amount of anti-Semitism,” Musk said in an interview with Ben Shapiro. Reuters reported that Musk did not discuss further information about the audit at the event.

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Elon Musk said an audit of Company X showed the social media platform had less anti-Semitic content than other social apps. (Nathan Lane/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Musk's comments come as the left-wing group Media Matters reports that ads from major companies are appearing next to anti-Semitic content, and in some cases, X has pro-Nazi posts.

X denied the Media Matters report and accused the group of manipulating its feeds to display such content next to ads from big brands.Then submitted defamation lawsuit against the group.

Apple, IBM, and Lionsgate Entertainment are among the brands that have suspended advertising on the X platform amid the controversy. According to a report in the New York Times, Company X could lose up to $75 million in advertising revenue by the end of 2023 as advertisers flee.

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Elon Musk led a group of investors who made Twitter private to protect free speech on the platform. (Jonathan Rah/NurPhoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

In response to the controversy, Musk said that X will continue to champion free speech while allowing users to push back against falsehoods spread by bad actors on its platform.

“I think in the end freedom of speech wins, which means that if someone says the wrong thing, especially on our platform, we can correct them and respond,” Musk explained on Monday. “So if someone tries to push falsehoods like Holocaust denial, it can be quickly corrected. And you can't remove that tag.”

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Musk was also embroiled in an anti-Semitic controversy after he expressed agreement with a post about X from a user who believed in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. He later expressed his regret over the post and denied his claims that he was an anti-Semite.

“Last week, hundreds of fake media articles appeared claiming I was an anti-Semite,” Musk wrote at the time. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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