Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with X owner Elon Musk on Monday in Silicon Valley, an official in Netanyahu’s office said Thursday, and Musk said their talks would focus on artificial intelligence technology. .
Netanyahu was already scheduled to visit California next week before traveling to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. The Israeli official confirmed the meeting with Musk, which was first reported by the Washington Post, but did not offer further details.
In Silicon Valley, Netanyahu could try to strengthen relationships with executives in the high-tech sector, a key driver of Israel’s economy.
During his trip, it was unclear whether Netanyahu would meet with President Biden, who expressed concern about a judicial reform undertaken by Netanyahu and his right-wing government.
Hate speech on X, formerly known as Twitter, has increased dramatically since Musk bought the site last year and loosened safeguards around content moderation.
Last week, Musk said that advertising revenue in the United States had decreased by 60%.
The meeting is the latest step in a campaign by Musk’s Jewish friends and allies to head off growing criticism over the rise of anti-Semitic speech on X, the Post said, citing five people familiar with the situation.
In Silicon Valley, Benjamin Netanyahu could try to strengthen relationships with executives in the high-tech sector, a key driver of Israel’s economy. Baumgarten via Getty Images
The meeting is the latest step in a campaign by Musk’s Jewish friends and allies to head off growing criticism over the rise of anti-Semitic speech on X, The Washington Post reported. Ron Sachs – CNP/MEGA
The White House did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Musk also declined to comment, but about X he said the meeting was scheduled weeks ago and would focus on artificial intelligence technology.
Civil rights groups, including the Center to Counter Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League, have published findings that the volume of hate speech against X has grown dramatically under the direction of Musk, who is also the automaker’s CEO. Tesla electrics.
In December, the ADL noted both an increase in anti-Semitic content on the platform and a decrease in the moderation of anti-Semitic posts since Musk took office.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate said daily use of racial slurs against Black people during Musk’s administration was triple the 2022 average and that slurs against gay men and trans people increased by 58% and 62%, respectively. .
Without providing evidence, Musk has blamed critics for the decline in advertising revenue. He has specifically pointed out pressure from the ADL, which he has begun to pejoratively refer to as the “Defamation League,” including in his statement on X on Thursday.
Civil rights groups, including the Center to Counter Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League, have published findings that the volume of hate speech toward X has grown dramatically under Musk’s direction.
Earlier this month, Musk joined a conversation on X with the hashtag #BantheADL, adopted by white nationalists and anti-Semites, and asked his followers if he should poll the platform about it. He engaged in exchanges with users who expressed anti-Semitic views during the discussion.
X’s new content moderation policy has made it difficult to convince brands that the social media platform was safe for ads, X’s former director of brand safety and advertising quality told Reuters in an interview this month. the company, AJ Brown.
Biden has not met with Netanyahu since the Israeli leader took office for a sixth term in late December. Biden has postponed extending the invitation because of his concerns about Netanyahu’s judicial reform as well as Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Foreign investment in Israeli tech startups has plummeted in the past year, partly due to a global slowdown and exacerbated by investor fears that the push to trim the Supreme Court’s powers would remove a key check and balance.
With foreign flows sharply reduced, the shekel has weakened almost 9% against the dollar this year.