Elon Musk's X slammed for disinformation over Israel-Hamas war
Elon Musk’s X is slammed for continuing to spread disinformation over Israel-Hamas war including pro-Hitler and holocaust denial content as billionaire says the only way to thwart the terror group is through ‘conspicuous acts of kindness’
Elon Musk’s social media platform is facing criticisms for continuing to spread disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war.
X, formerly known as Twitter, has come under fire in recent weeks for allowing alleged anti-Semitic and Islamophobic posts to remain on the site despite being flagged by users as hateful.
But now the platform’s content moderation algorithm is also promoting pro-Hitler and alleged holocaust denial content, an internet truth-seeker has revealed, citing a post that said ‘Hitler was right’ and hailed the Nazis for being ‘the last warriors who fought the satanic Jewish banking cartel’.
Musk, 52, last Friday finally spoke out about the war, claiming that it will only end if Israel shows ‘conspicuous acts of kindness’ to Gaza. He did however note that it is ‘appropriate’ for Israeli forces to locate Hamas terrorists and ‘kill or incarcerate’ them.
It comes as European Union regulators launched an investigation into the platform’s handling of disinformation following Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel.
X, formerly Twitter, is facing criticisms for continuing to spread disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war and has been accused of allowing alleged anti-Semitic and Islamophobic posts to remain on the site despite being flagged by users. Pictured: X owner Elon Musk
BBC Verify journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh, has accused X of ‘boosting’ tweets by Jackson Hinkle. Sardarizadeh, calling out Hinkle in a tweet thread titled ‘Israel-Hamas war misinformation’, says the user shared a slew of false information about the conflict
BBC Verify journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh, has accused X of ‘boosting’ tweets by Jackson Hinkle, who was reportedly previously banned by WhatsApp, YouTube, Paypal and Twitch for spreading misinformation.
Hinkle has taken a strong stance against Israel since the October 7 massacre and has allegedly been sharing misinformation about the war with his almost 2 million followers ever since.
Sardarizadeh, calling out Hinkle in a tweet thread titled ‘Israel-Hamas war misinformation’, says the user shared a slew of false information about the conflict.
He cited a post where Hinkle claimed that Hamas killed ‘one of Israel’s best snipers Barib Yariel’ and shared an image of an apparent Israeli military member.
But the fact checker hit back, claiming the image dated back to 2020 and argued that ‘no-one named Barib Yariel seems to exist’.
Sardarizadeh also flagged a tweet in which Hinkle shared a photo of an apparent airstrike captioned ‘Pray for Gaza’ – which the journalist claims was taken during the ‘previous Israel-Hamas war in May 2021, not now’. The photograph allegedly shows a strike targeting the Hamas-linked Ansar compound.
Hinkle’s apparently inaccurate post has been viewed more than 750,000.
He also alleged that Twitter was boosting two posts from another ‘blue tick account’. He says one of the promoted messages ‘claims the Nazis were “the last warriors who fought the satanic Jewish banking cartel”, and the other is straight up Holocaust denial’
Another one of Hinkle’s alleged fake content included a post in which he claimed that the Lebanese Hezbollah published footage of its ‘anti-ship missiles’ in response to aircraft carriers sitting in the eastern Mediterranean.
According to Sardarizadeh, the video was first published more than four years ago and ‘is not current’.
The journalist also accused Hinkle of promoting anti-Semitic rhetoric on his account, which Sardarizadeh claims has been further boosted by X.
‘The X (Twitter) algorithm is currently boosting this “Hitler was right” tweet by a blue tick account, currently on 712,000 views, in your feeds,’ Sardarizadeh tweeted on Friday.
He also alleged that Twitter was boosting two posts from another ‘blue tick account’. He says one of the promoted messages ‘claims the Nazis were “the last warriors who fought the satanic Jewish banking cartel”, and the other is straight up Holocaust denial’.
Musk has recently faced criticism over X’s alleged handling off content pertaining to the Israel-Hamas war.
He and X CEO Linda Yaccarino have articulated a new policy called ‘freedom of speech, not reach’ that restricts the distribution of some posts but refrains from deleting them from the platform.
European Union regulators launched an investigating the platform’s handling of disinformation following Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel Pictured: EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton in September
X has said 99 per cent of content that users see on the platform is ‘healthy,’ which the company attributed in July to estimates from Sprinklr, a software company that helps brands monitor market trends and customer sentiment online.
A March blog post has also claimed that toxic posts on X received three-times fewer views than non-toxic posts.
Regardless, the EU regulator has launched an investigation into X, under new strict internet rules that took effect in August.
An EU Commission spokesperson said last week that it is currently monitoring X’s, as well as other large platforms’, compliance with the law’s obligations, which includes allowing researchers who meet certain conditions to gain access to publicly available data.
Any violation could result in fines of up to 6 per cent of global revenue.
Meanwhile, Musk in a YouTube podcast interview with Lex Fridman last Friday, spoke about the war.
‘The goal of Hamas was to provoke a reaction from Israel,’ he said. ‘They wanted to commit the worst atrocities that they could in order to provoke the most aggressive response possible from Israel.’
He argued that the most effective way to ‘thwart the call of Hamas’ would be for Israel to engage in ‘conspicuous acts of kindness’.
Israeli soldiers walk through rubble in the northern Gaza Strip on November 8, 2023
Civilians and rescuers look for survivors amid the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 12, 2023
He also warned that Israel runs the risk of ‘creating’ more terrorists if the war continues.
Musk stated: ‘If you are not going to just outright commit a genocide, which will and should obviously not be acceptable by anyone, then you are going to leave a lot of people alive who subsequently hate Israel.’
He added that it is ‘safe to say that if you kill somebody’s child in Gaza, you have made at least a few Hamas members who will die just to kill an Israeli’.
The remarks come after Musk revealed last month that SpaceX’s Starlink will ‘support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza’. The initiative was opposed by Israel’s communication minister.
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