- House Democrats accuse Elon Musk’s X of allowing and profiting from violent Hamas propaganda and content, citing reports of uncensored Hamas videos on X accounts
- Democrats demand details by December 1st on how X will address this issue, warning of potential legislation otherwise
- Accusations come amid separate concerns that Musk and X are enabling antisemitic content more broadly, adding pressure on X over content moderation under Musk
House Democrats are accusing Elon Musk‘s X of allowing and profiting from violent Hamas propaganda and content. In a letter to Musk and X CEO Linda Yaccarino, over two dozen Democrats demanded answers on how the platform plans to address this issue.
Background on Accusations Against X
The Democrats cite recent reports showing numerous X accounts spreading uncensored Hamas videos glorifying graphic violence against Israelis. Some of these accounts pay for X’s Premium service, meaning they provide revenue to X through subscription fees. X also profits from ad revenue on this content.
The lawmakers slam this as “inexcusable” especially after the October terror attack in Israel. They give X until December 1st to provide details on how they will rein this in, warning of potential legislation otherwise.
Wider Context: Accusations of Antisemitism Against Musk
This letter comes as Musk already faces accusations that he and X are promoting antisemitic content more broadly. Musk drew condemnation for agreeing with an antisemitic conspiracy theory on X.
Major advertisers like Apple and Disney have paused X ads over these concerns. X rejects claims it enables antisemitism but faces growing scrutiny over content moderation policies under Musk’s ownership.
The spread of Hamas propaganda adds further fuel to accusations that X enables harmful content under Musk’s leadership. While Musk denies antisemitism claims, X faces rising pressure from activists and lawmakers over extremism and misinformation. Addressing concerns around Hamas could help alleviate wider concerns, but X still faces uphill battles in content moderation.