Elon Musk praised the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account on Monday, saying more countries should also use the platform lightly.
The Israeli account had posted a screenshot of the tweet written by Kanye West, “Shalom”, accompanied by a smiling emoticon on the occasion of his return to the social network, from which he had been banned due to multiple anti-Semitic statements .
“We would greatly appreciate being left out of all this”, said the publication of the ministry, taking up remarks remained famous – and became a meme – of Taylor Swift who had spoken on the feud which opposed him for years in West. The account tagged Swift in their post.
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Musk responded to this joke by saying “Your Tweets are good! More countries should post like this. It’s no fun never letting go.
The ministry’s original tweet has been “liked” tens of thousands of times – and there’s no doubt that Musk’s army of fans hasn’t been left behind in this virality.
While some welcomed the post, others felt it made a serious situation, marked by the rise of anti-Semitism and hate speech on the platform, a joke.
Musk himself has often changed the guidelines around humor and parody on social media in recent days — especially when he’s found himself at the center of ridicule.
The platform also saw a surge in fake accounts and impersonations following Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, including an account going by the name AIPAC, the acronym for the American Israel Public organization. Affairs Committee, which had posted “We love apartheid”.
In addition to West, Twitter has reinstated the accounts of a number of controversial figures in recent days, including former US President Donald Trump, after an unscientific study.
Trump had been banned from Twitter after January 6, 2021. His inflammatory posts on the social network had helped spark the deadly riots that had taken place to prevent the US Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States .
Trump has said he won’t return to Twitter and hasn’t posted anything on his account as of Tuesday.
On Monday, the personal account of far-right U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was back online after being banned earlier this year for violations of the COVID-19 disinformation rules instituted by the network.
Musk has previously said he won’t make major decisions about content or restoring deleted accounts until he establishes a “content moderation board” made up of diversely-minded personalities.
Neither Twitter nor Musk announced the existence of such a council.
Musk had frequently said he felt there were too many limitations on Twitter. Before the midterm elections, which took place a fortnight ago, he had strongly encouraged his “independent-minded” subscribers to vote for the Republicans.
While Musk has made changes to the site since its acquisition, firing hundreds of employees or encouraging them to leave – those in charge of removing hate speech have been particularly affected – hate speech and harassment have skyrocketed on the site.
Online networks saw Musk’s acquisition of Twitter as an opportunity to flood the social network with hate content.
This led to concern from human rights groups who called for a boycott of advertisers and also led to a tweet from Musk claiming that ADL chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt “slandered” him.