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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s met with Twitter/X owner Elon Musk on Monday as part of a public discussion on the dangers of artificial intelligence.
Though it was mostly about AI — which Israel is seeking to take a leading role in — Netanyahu also told Musk he hopes he can work within the “confines” of the First Amendment to “stop anti-Semitism” on X.
WATCH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Elon Musk he hopes he can work within the "confines" of the First Amendment to "stop anti-Semitism" on X. pic.twitter.com/MiGQAgm1TP— Chris Menahan 🇺🇸 (@infolibnews) September 18, 2023
Musk responded by saying he’s “against attacking any group, doesn’t matter who it is.”
“Obviously I’m against anti-Semitism, I’m against anti— really anything that promotes hate and conflict,” he added.
As I reported in May, the Biden White House’s first-ever “National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism” — which was developed in concert with pro-Israel groups like the Anti-Defamation League — called on “all online platforms” to ban “extremist websites,” ban “hate speech” and institute “zero tolerance” policies to protect Jews from anti-Semitism.
There’s nothing in the First Amendment about banning the criticism of certain groups or banning the promotion of “hate” and there’s nothing in there about prohibiting “hate speech.”
🚨 👀 X is seemingly working on adding government ID verification with Israeli digital ID company AU10TIX. To verify by ID, users will have to upload a selfie and a photo of their government ID. via @X_ALERTS_ pic.twitter.com/gXTChLeFWJ— Reclaim The Net (@ReclaimTheNetHQ) August 16, 2023
Last week, X CEO Linda Yaccarino pledged to expand X’s censorship policies and appears to have banned multiple accounts to please the Center for Countering Digital Hate — which X is actively suing for defamation.
As promised, we're following up on the recent report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) on how X allegedly moderates content. Our hope is that in the future the CCDH will share the full report with us proactively and prioritize partnership over publicity. We have… https://t.co/uxQELjg2L2— Safety (@Safety) September 15, 2023
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