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Democrats accuse X of profiting from Hamas propaganda

today 11/23/2023
A group of House Democrats have accused X, formerly known as Twitter, of making money from Hamas propaganda and false information about the Israel-Hamas war. Independent researchers have found numerous accounts on the platform that glorify the US-sanctioned terror group. Over two dozen lawmakers signed a letter addressed to X owner Elon Musk and CEO Linda Yaccarino, expressing their outrage. The letter cites analyses by various groups that highlight X's profit from the spread of Hamas's terrorist propaganda. Reports have identified examples of paid X subscribers sharing videos with Hamas iconography and false narratives about the war. The lawmakers argue that X has permitted and benefited from the illegal spread of terrorist propaganda due to major cuts to content moderation staff. X has not yet responded to the accusations. A report by NewsGuard claims that ads from major advertisers were displayed on viral posts containing false or misleading claims about the war, reaching millions of users on X. X released a statement questioning the findings of the report. Musk recently announced that X would donate all revenue from advertising and subscriptions associated with the war to hospitals in Israel and Gaza, but it is unclear which content he was referring to. House Democrats' pressure on X comes amidst wider criticism of the platform for extremist content, including Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory. X has faced an exodus of high-profile advertisers following these incidents. Musk has sued Media Matters for distorting the likelihood of ads appearing alongside extremist material, but legal experts question the validity of the complaint. The letter also raises concerns about CEO Linda Yaccarino, who is being subpoenaed to testify at a hearing on children's online safety after X declined to accept the subpoena on her behalf.
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