A coordinated campaign to spread anti-Semitic memes and images on Twitter resulted in more than 1,200 tweets and retweets containing offensive content, according to an analysis by the Anti-Defamation League.
The tweets identified by ADL are the latest in a series of racist, transphobic and rule-breaking content flowing through Twitter on Friday after Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially took control of the platform. Added to the surge. Musk has promised to loosen content moderation rules in the name of “free speech,” and the change will reduce many people who believe offensive content can be spread on the platform. I am concerned.
ADL said the anti-Semitic tweet campaign was launched on 4chan. On Thursday, his anonymous 4chan user posted instructions on Twitter to share anti-Semitic content after Musk’s acquisition was officially announced. According to ADL, the post was circulated on Telegram, a chat app popular with the far right.
“Now that Elon has taken over Twitter, it’s finally time to put our skills to work,” the post read, prompting users to argue with Jewish users and “like” tweets from other participants. was instructed to do
An anonymous user also credits rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, who was banned from posting on Twitter about two weeks ago after sharing an anti-Semitic tweet. was included in a tweet sent out on Friday as part of the campaign.
“You broke the dam,” one tweet identified by ADL contained an anti-Semitic meme that was widely circulated on unmoderated message boards.
Oren Segal, vice president of the ADL’s Center for Extremism, said in an email that “Mask will take the necessary technical and policy steps to ensure Twitter does not become a hell or haven for anti-Semitism, extremism and hate.” “This concerted anti-Semitic campaign suggests that time is of the essence.”
Several accounts that posted banned content on Friday were suspended from the platform.
In a tweet Friday, Musk said the company would not make major content decisions or reinstate banned accounts until a “content moderation council” was formed. and did not provide any additional details about his plans.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.