Antisemitism was rising online. Then Elon Musk’s X supercharged it.
In the wake of Elon Musk's recent foray into the world of online activism, antisemitism has been supercharged on popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. This is particularly troubling given that both these tools have previously been used to spread misinformation and hate speech targeting the Jewish community. Musk's words and actions have been particularly egregious, including tweeting references to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and voicing support for white nationalists. He has called the coronavirus a "Jewish conspiracy" and spread justifications for racial segregation, while simultaneously investing in an antisemitic radio show host. The result of Elon Musk's actions has been a sharp rise in antisemitic rhetoric online and an increase in online hate towards Jews. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by both social media platforms and the wider public. The most effective way to combat the spread of this type of hate is through education, awareness, and open dialogue about the danger of hate speech and its implications.