Elon Musk’s controversial takeover of Twitter has come with massive amounts of criticism. However, Democratic Representative Jared Mosowitz of Florida recently wrote a letter to the social networking site’s CEO, asking him what he plans to do about the rise of antisemitic sentiments allegedly running rampant across certain parts of the platform.
Following a barrage of antisemitic hatred being sent his way, Moskowitz demanded to know how Musk was planning to address the issue at hand. As a Jewish man, the Democrat said that his Twitter account became the target of “hundreds of hateful, divisive comments” following his posting of a video clip of himself where he pointed out the rising antisemitism on the social networking platform during a congressional hearing.
“After the Committee hearing, I posted on my official government Twitter account a video of myself pointing out the rise of antisemitism found on Twitter,” Moskowitz said in his letter to Musk. “Once the video was posted, the reply section of my post was flooded with hateful, antisemitic comments and images.”
He added: “At the time that I am writing this letter, I have received over 200 such comments on one tweet.”
“With this direct and heightened environment in mind, how will you work with other stakeholders to combat the rise of antisemitism on Twitter?” Moskowitz questioned.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee recently came together to hold a hearing that honed in on Twitter’s decision to limit the spread of a New York Post story about Hunter Biden, son of current U.S. President Joe Biden, in the time just before the 2020 presidential election.
Former Twitter employees were present and testified during the hearing.
During the event, Moskowitz spoke of the rising number of antisemitic comments being posted to the platform since Musk assumed the leadership position of the company. He also targeted Republican lawmakers who expressed their approval of his ownership, even going as far as to say “God Bless Elon Musk.”
“See this?” Moskowitz asked while holding up printed photos of antisemitic content posted to Twitter. “God Bless the guy who is allowing Nazis and antisemitism to perpetrate Twitter.”
In his letter, he expressed his discontent and asked Musk to address the issue and not allow such hatred to permeate the norms of the platform.
“These incidents prove the point that I made at yesterday’s hearing, that Twitter has allowed hateful rhetoric to run rampant without consideration of the real and dangerous consequences to you users and the Jewish community.”