180 NGOs call on Elon Musk to fight anti-Semitism on Twitter

Letter cites 1,000 examples of tweets considered anti-Semitic under IHRA definition

Nearly 180 NGOs called on new Twitter CEO Elon Musk to do more to combat anti-Semitism on the social network, in a letter published Wednesday.

NGOs based in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Latin America, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries, in particular, spoke of the record increase in recent years , anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and Europe, and called on the billionaire to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

Nearly 40 countries have officially adopted this definition, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Israel.

“We ask that you update Twitter’s anti-hate policies by adopting the IHRA’s internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism as a guiding tool to curb the spread of hatred of Jews,” reads the letter which was signed by various Jewish and pro-Israel organizations.

The letter cites a thousand examples of tweets considered anti-Semitic under the IHRA definition, and asks Twitter to begin flagging anti-Semitic posts with potential warnings and informative graphics, “while educating users on the anti-Semitism.”

The NGOs, however, stressed the importance of free speech, saying the IHRA’s definition would flag anti-Semitic content “while respecting the fundamental principles of free speech that have secured Twitter’s status as a as a digital public place.”

Elon Musk has not indicated whether he wants to make this issue a priority, despite calling himself a “free speech absolutist” and recently tweeting a photo of a Nazi soldier.

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