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Open AI’s Sam Altman was ‘totally wrong’ about antisemitism

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, said he was “completely wrong” about the extent to which “the American left” is rife with anti-Semitism.

“I have long said that anti-Semitism, especially on the American left, is not as bad as people claim,” Altman wrote on the social media account X on Thursday.

“I just want to say that I was completely wrong.”

Altman seemed at a loss to explain this phenomenon, writing: Or know what to do about it. ”

“But it's so funny,” he wrote.

Altman, who returned as CEO of OpenAI last month after being ousted from the company's board in a protracted and highly publicized power struggle, is the latest businessman to accuse the company of anti-Semitism.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has been vocal in calling for the resignation of presidents of top universities, including the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, over their refusal to condemn calls to kill Jews.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman wrote that the anti-Semitism of the “American left” is “completely wrong” and called it “so crazy.” zumapress.com

University campuses have been in turmoil for the past two months following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists that claimed 1,200 lives.

Earlier this week, the presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were called before a congressional committee to answer questions about what is being done to combat anti-Semitism on their campuses.

After Ackman was asked whether calls for genocide against Jews violated campus speech rules, he spoke with Harvard University President Claudine Gay, University of Pennsylvania President Liz McGill, and MIT's Sally Cohn. He called on all three of Bruce's presidents to “resign in disgrace.”

Altman's comments come amid rising anti-Semitism on college campuses. The image above shows pro-Israel demonstrators on the Penn State campus. zumapress.com
Harvard University President Claudine Gay (left) and University of Pennsylvania President Liz McGill testified before Congress on Tuesday. Getty Images

“maybe [a violation]It depends on the situation,” Gay told lawmakers on Tuesday. Messrs. McGill and Kornbluth gave similar responses.

“In short, they said: 'It depends on the context,' and 'whether the speech turns into an act,' meaning actually killing Jews,” Ackman said on his social media account X. Ackman wrote on his social media account X.

Ackman wrote that the presidents were guilty of “serious pedagogical, moral, and ethical failures that pervaded some elite educational institutions, largely due to their failures of leadership.”

“If our CEO gave a similar answer, he would be toast within an hour,” Ackman wrote.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has called on the heads of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and MIT to resign. Reuters

Ackman also shared a post from Fyre CEO Albert Bourla, who said he was “embarrassed” by what he heard from university presidents.

“In my personal opinion, it was one of the most despicable moments in the history of American academia.” Burla wrotesaid it reminded him of family members who died in the Holocaust.

“It brought back memories of my father’s parents, Abraham and Rachel Bourla, my brother David and sister Graciela, who died in Auschwitz.”

Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and ambassador to China and Russia, has threatened to halt donations to his alma mater, UPenn, “unless it completely sever ties with current leadership.” .

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