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X deletes Holocaust denial post following criticism of the Auschwitz Museum

The nasty message was a response to one from the museum about a Jewish girl who was killed at the age of three in the death chambers of the concentration camp.

The article included anti-Semitic slurs and referred to her death as a “fairy tale.”

Holocaust denial is not permitted, according to X’s policies.

In the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in German-occupied Poland, at least 1.1 million people were killed. Nearly a million of them were Jews. More than 200,000 of them, according to the museum, were kids and teenagers.

They were killed in medical experiments and gassed, starved, worked to death, and starved.

The Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau posted on X that after reporting the insulting remark, the platform found that no regulations had been broken after looking at the “available information.”

According to X, the initial answer to the museum’s complaint resulted from a mistake made during the first assessment; it was escalated and eliminated during the second review.

According to X’s rules against abusive behavior, “violent event denial” is prohibited. The platform states that it forbids content that “includes, but is not limited to, events like the Holocaust, school shootings, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters” and that denies that mass murder occurred.

Twenty people follow the X account that published the obscene tweet on Sunday.

Even though X claims to have deleted the message, it was still possible to access the account as of Monday at 17:00 GMT. Other parts of it contain words and phrases that many people would find offensive.

The business claims to be considering whether to permanently suspend the account.

No toleration

Elon Musk, who calls himself a “absolutist” of free speech, disputes that there has been an increase in nasty messages since he seized control of Twitter, as it was known at the time. He tweeted in December that hate speech has decreased by a third.

X admits that Mr. Musk’s leadership has reduced the size of the team in charge of monitoring hate speech on the platform. However, it claims that its new strategy, which revolves around having zero tolerance for unlawful content and de-amplifying and removing adverts from legal but offensive content, is more successful.

Others, though, contest that conditions have gotten better.

Since Elon Musk took control of the company in October, there has allegedly been “a major and sustained spike in anti-Semitic posts on Twitter,” according to an Institute for Strategic Dialogue research.

Twitter “fails to act on 99%” of hateful communications from accounts using Twitter Blue, the platform’s subscription service, according to the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).

It claims that even days after being reported, posts with racist, homophobic, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, or conspiratorial material were still accessible.

Alex Spiro, the attorney for X Corp, claimed in a legal letter that the research was “little more than a series of inflammatory, misleading, and unsupported claims based on a cursory review of random tweets” in a court letter that the company had filed a lawsuit against the CCDH.

Elon Musk’s move to unban accounts that had been reinstated, including the account of the founder of a neo-Nazi website, has also drawn harsh criticism.

Over 1,100 previously blocked X accounts that Elon Musk allowed to reappear were examined by BBC Monitoring, and it was discovered that 190 of them promoted hate and violence, including rape depictions and abuse of women and the LGBT community.

However, X contends that the experience of researchers seeking out offensive material is distinct from that of regular users, who have limited possibility of doing so.


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