Elon Musk visits the Auschwitz death camp site

Tech magnate Elon Musk has visited the Auschwitz death camp amid heightened criticism of X (formerly Twitter) for its handling of antisemitic content.

Elon Musk visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp site.
Elon Musk visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp site.

Musk recently apologized for endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory. Prominent Jewish leaders urged him to visit Auschwitz, a significant Holocaust site. Later, Musk is scheduled to address online antisemitism at a conference hosted by the European Jewish Association (EJA).

The Auschwitz death camp, where Nazi Germany killed over 1.1 million people during World War Two, witnessed almost one million Jewish victims, including over 200,000 children.

Musk faced backlash for his endorsement of an antisemitic post on X, leading to ad pauses from Apple, Disney, and IBM. Musk accused advertisers of “blackmail” and used strong language in response.

The Tesla CEO, who took over X in October 2022, previously faced antisemitism allegations and later acknowledged the endorsement as a mistake.

Today, Musk and senior political figures will discuss rising antisemitism in Europe in a meeting in Krakow, Poland. The EJA highlighted the troubling trend, particularly since the war in Gaza.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin of the EJA had previously invited Musk to visit Auschwitz, considering it a powerful statement for Holocaust awareness and combating antisemitism.

A minimum of 1.1 million individuals were killed at Auschwitz.
A minimum of 1.1 million individuals were killed at Auschwitz.

They endured gas chambers, starvation, forced labor, and medical experiments.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum previously criticized X.

In August, the museum condemned X for initially failing to remove a Holocaust-denying post, stating it didn’t violate rules. The offensive reply, dismissing the death of a three-year-old Jewish girl as a “fairy tale,” used antisemitic tropes. The museum reported it, receiving an initial response claiming no rule violation based on “available information.” X later acknowledged a mistake in the first review, escalating and removing the post in a second review.

X’s policies explicitly prohibit Holocaust denial.

A museum spokesperson highlighted the importance of moderation in combating antisemitism but noted issues with X’s moderating quality and response to reports.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk staunchly defended his efforts against online hate. He called accusations of antisemitism absurd, asserting his life story is pro-Semitic. Musk previously threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League over claims of increased problematic speech on the platform since his takeover.

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X is currently suing Media Matters, accusing the non-profit of using manipulated data to attempt to “destroy” the platform by alleging it allowed antisemitic posts next to advertising.

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