Israeli Prime Minister Urges Elon Musk to Tackle Hate Speech on Social Media Platform X

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Elon Musk to discuss the issue of hate speech and free expression on Musk’s social media platform, X. Netanyahu urged Musk to strike a balance between protecting free expression and fighting against hate speech, particularly in relation to antisemitism.

The meeting comes after weeks of controversy surrounding antisemitic content on X. Musk had previously attacked the Anti-Defamation League, accusing them of causing a decrease in U.S. ad revenue at X. Musk bought the platform, previously known as Twitter, in October.

During the meeting, which was broadcast live on X from Tesla’s factory in California, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of finding a balance within the confines of the First Amendment. He urged Musk to not only combat antisemitism but also any collective hatred of a people.

Musk, in response, reiterated his stance against antisemitism and any promotion of hate and conflict on X. He stated that while X should be a platform for diverse viewpoints, the company would limit the distribution of posts that violate its policies. Musk described this approach as “freedom of speech, not reach.”

The meeting between Musk and Netanyahu also touched on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI). They discussed how to harness the benefits of rapid AI advancement while minimizing the potential risks to society. Both expressed concerns about the impact of AI on democracy and the need for careful regulation.

Israel, known for its technological advancements, particularly in AI and robotics, is at the forefront of this field. However, concerns over potential abuses of power and the ongoing debate about limiting the Supreme Court’s authority have affected foreign investment in Israeli tech startups.

Overall, the meeting between Netanyahu and Musk emphasized the importance of addressing hate speech on social media platforms while also exploring the potential of AI for society. Finding a balance between free expression and combating hate speech remains a crucial challenge in the digital age.

– Reuters, by Sheila Dang, Ari Rabinovitch, and Yuvraj Malik