Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked X owner Elon Musk to “roll back” antisemitism on the platform after the billionaire attacked a Jewish watchdog group for allegedly hurting profits.
Netanyahu appeared alongside Musk on a livestream on X, formerly known as Twitter, where the two initially began discussing artificial intelligence. The conversation eventually shifted over to reports of Musk expressing antisemitism. The accusations arose after Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League over claims that it had taken actions to harm the platform by pushing advertisers away.
“I know your commitment to free speech and I know you’re opposed to antisemitism,” Netanyahu told Musk. “I hope you find within the confines of the First Amendment a way to try to roll it back. … I encourage you to find the balance. It’s a tough one.”
“Obviously, I’m against antisemitism,” Musk said. “Free speech does mean, at times, someone is saying something you don’t like. That doesn’t mean negativity should be pushed on people. Our overarching goal is to maximize unregretted user time. We can’t police [antisemitism] ahead of time. We’re not going to promote hate speech.”