Verified pro-Nazi X accounts flourish under Elon Musk

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16 Apr 2024, 11:44 am

An NBC News review identified 150 verified "Premium" accounts that have posted or amplified pro-Nazi content.

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Elon Musk’s X is a thriving hub for Nazi support and propaganda, with paid subscribers sharing speeches by Adolf Hitler or content praising his genocidal regime.

NBC News found that at least 150 paid “Premium” subscriber X accounts and thousands of unpaid accounts have posted or amplified pro-Nazi content on X in recent months, often in apparent violation of X’s rules. The paid accounts posting the content all consistently posted antisemitic or pro-Nazi material. Examples included praise of Nazi soldiers, sharing of Nazi symbols and denials of the Holocaust.

The pro-Nazi content is not confined to the fringes of the platform. During one seven-day period in March, seven of the most widely shared pro-Nazi posts on X accrued 4.5 million views in total. One post with 1.9 million views promoted a false and long-debunked conspiracy theory that 6 million Jews did not die in the Holocaust. More than 5,300 verified and unverified accounts reshared that post, and other popular posts were reshared hundreds of times apiece.

X’s policies ban glorifying violence — a broad prohibition that X has sometimes used to take down pro-Nazi content and accounts. The rules also ban “praising violent entities” and say the platform will apply labels to hate imagery like swastikas. But NBC News found that X does not appear to be enforcing those policies consistently.

The findings are the latest evidence of a flourishing Nazi network on X under Musk’s ownership. Previous investigations by news organizations and anti-hate watchdogs have documented many examples of antisemitism, white supremacy and support for Nazism on X.

NBC News found the Nazi propaganda posts by browsing the platform: scrolling through replies, clicking on user profiles and looking through the engagements on viral posts. NBC News conducted its review during one week in late March. The number of verified subscribers posting pro-Nazi material may be significantly more than 150. When NBC News conducted its review, Premium subscribers had the option to hide their verification check marks from the public.

The verified users sharing the pro-Nazi content have entered into a mutually beneficial relationship with Musk’s X, paying $8 a month or more for premium services that are available to all premium subscribers. In exchange, they get “prioritization” when they reply to posts and the opportunity to monetize their content through ads, according to the subscription terms.

The result is that X is bringing Nazi sympathizers in from the dark corners of the internet to a massive platform where they can pay to amplify their content.

NBC News conducted its research in March, before X implemented a change to provide free premium subscriptions to accounts with more than 2,500 verified followers. That move has made it more difficult to determine who is a paid subscriber.

A welcoming social media environment can make Nazi sympathizers feel validated in their views and recruit others to their cause, said Patrick Riccards, executive director of Life After Hate, a Milwaukee-based organization that helps people disengage from violent extremist groups.

“For those who are already driven by hate, it is a big warm hug,” he said.

Online hatred can also contribute to violence offline, he said, citing the racist massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, where 10 Black people died in 2022. The gunman wrote in a document that he supported neo-Nazism. He later said in court that he “believed what I read online and acted out the hate.”

“They’re wanting to find individuals to take physical action when the time comes,” Riccards said.

In most cases, Nazi material on X is about spreading hate, said Megan Squire, deputy director for data analytics at the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate group founded in 1971.

“It’s not like historians are on there talking about Hitler’s speeches,” she said.

Squire said that in her research she has found that accounts posting Nazi material are run by “known white supremacist groups that are attempting to normalize their ideas, gain followers and shuffle those followers into platforms” elsewhere online where their organizing work continues.

By failing to act against many pro-Nazi accounts, X continues to earn income from their activity in at least two ways: by collecting monthly subscription fees from those posting pro-Nazi content and by running advertisements on those accounts or adjacent to the pro-Nazi content.

NBC News found ads running on 74 of the 150 premium accounts, either on their profile pages or in the replies below their posts. The advertisers included SiriusXM, The Hollywood Reporter and Cisco subsidiary Splunk. SiriusXM declined to comment. Penske Media, the owner of The Hollywood Reporter, declined to comment. Splunk did not respond to requests for comment sent by email.

Ads from other companies appeared among the search results for a Holocaust-denial hashtag.

NBC News does not have a comprehensive list of advertisers that use X. Each account on social media sees different ads at different times, so it is unknown how many advertisers’ ads have run next to pro-Nazi content.

Advertisers online generally have limited control over where their ads appear. X says on a website for advertisers that it gives them the ability to target certain demographics, accounts, keywords, phrases, interests, events and locations. Advertisers can also use “negative” targeting, asking X’s ads system not to place ads near certain keywords. The system, however, does not guarantee placement next to or away from any specific post. Other platforms, such as Instagram, have targeting systems of their own.


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16 Apr 2024, 12:49 pm

Short answer - "Fascism is capitalism in decay".


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16 Apr 2024, 6:19 pm

Yet when said accounts are removed, it's "silencing conservatives".


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17 Apr 2024, 4:13 am

Tim_Tex wrote:
Yet when said accounts are removed, it's "silencing conservatives".


Bruh. What kind of a sane conservative would post antisemitic propaganda anyway?


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17 Apr 2024, 3:03 pm

Yugoslav1945 wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
Yet when said accounts are removed, it's "silencing conservatives".


Bruh. What kind of a sane conservative would post antisemitic propaganda anyway?


Many of the ones who aren't employed by The Daily Wire? :scratch:


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18 Apr 2024, 4:34 am

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Yugoslav1945 wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
Yet when said accounts are removed, it's "silencing conservatives".


Bruh. What kind of a sane conservative would post antisemitic propaganda anyway?


Many of the ones who aren't employed by The Daily Wire? :scratch:


Bet they aren't even real conservatives but a bunch of fascist edgelords based on what they have to say against the Jews. Between ever more liberal Democrats and ever more fascist Republicans, the US is once again heading on a course it should avoid as soon as possible. The 1860s were wild with Democrats being overtly racist and Republicans being progressive but now it's the other way around since the Fifth Party System came. Damn those elitists who polarize the US!


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24 Apr 2024, 1:14 am

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tony-gonzales-openly-blasts-fellow-republicans-as-scumbags-and-klansmen/ar-AA1ntdP0?ocid=BingHp01&cvid=dc82423ad1e64b79c65d4fd1d0c31074&ei=16

Rep. Chip Roy wrote:
"I'm being attacked. Conservatives are being attacked," Roy said on KTSA. "Bob Good, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, is being attacked by Tony. He said that he's a Klansman. Yeah, I cannot tolerate what's happening to the people that I think are standing up for this country."


So basically, being called out for endorsing a known white nationalist constituted "conservatives being attacked".


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24 Apr 2024, 2:05 am

Tim_Tex wrote:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tony-gonzales-openly-blasts-fellow-republicans-as-scumbags-and-klansmen/ar-AA1ntdP0?ocid=BingHp01&cvid=dc82423ad1e64b79c65d4fd1d0c31074&ei=16

Rep. Chip Roy wrote:
"I'm being attacked. Conservatives are being attacked," Roy said on KTSA. "Bob Good, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, is being attacked by Tony. He said that he's a Klansman. Yeah, I cannot tolerate what's happening to the people that I think are standing up for this country."


So basically, being called out for endorsing a known white nationalist constituted "conservatives being attacked".

Gonzales being renominated is the only way to keep the seat from being flipped. The district is predominately Hispanic, and is the largest (and only GOP-controlled) congressional district in the country that borders Mexico. His predecessor, Will Hurd, who was even less polarizing, barely squeaked by in 2018.


I can't believe how American Conservatives are basically just reactionary nationalists just like those insidious Putinists of Russia. The word "conservative" is completely out of place for America for they're not even propagating preservation but instead reaction. In general, a conservative does want to uphold traditional values but will be more likely to accept some social change, unlike a reactionary who will vehemently oppose such and try to revert back to the older times as it deems the past more fit than the present. So, the so-called "conservatives" of America aren't even real conservatives but just a bunch of reactionaries.

I may be a conservative socialist guy but the difference is that Yugoslavia was actually a good time cause everyone was equal until Tito died and nationalists destroyed the country. So, reuniting Yugoslavia and bringing socialism is beneficial unlike what the reactionary elements of America are doing by trying to desperately bring back racism based on their Southern teachings of the Confederacy rather than the true American spirit. I also despise the American conservatives for their use of religion as an excuse to be bigoted.

For religion is wrong and must be judged, it is not to be used as a coping mechanism for being a bigot. This just reminds me of how Serbian nationalists use religion as an excuse to hate Croats, Bosnians, and Albanians.


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24 Apr 2024, 4:22 am

Yugoslav1945 wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
Yet when said accounts are removed, it's "silencing conservatives".


Bruh. What kind of a sane conservative would post antisemitic propaganda anyway?


One must ask, why do conservatives embrace white nationalists and Anti-Semites, even though they themselves don't want to be associated with them.


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24 Apr 2024, 4:59 am

Given how antisemetism is now also being used to target legitimate anti-war activism, this is a bit suspect.



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24 Apr 2024, 5:27 am

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Verified pro-Nazi X accounts flourish under Elon Musk
Not surprising, given his hatred of Jews.


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24 Apr 2024, 5:45 am

Kraichgauer wrote:
Yugoslav1945 wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
Yet when said accounts are removed, it's "silencing conservatives".


Bruh. What kind of a sane conservative would post antisemitic propaganda anyway?


One must ask, why do conservatives embrace white nationalists and Anti-Semites, even though they themselves don't want to be associated with them.


I'm pretty sure that the agenda run by these right-wingers who claim to protect "conservative values" while literally being reactionary in praxis has taken a massive effect through mostly "anti-woke" stuff they give to try and lure conservatives into their reactionary right-wing and even downright fascist movement. I'm pretty sure that no normal conservative would approve of such degenerate reactionary values but since their art of deception is quite convincing to lure conservatives into the right-wing pipeline, that pretty much on its own explains the usage of the word "conservative" as a pejorative by the liberals.

Just like how reactionaries label liberals as "leftists" (cause they hate leftism), liberals will label reactionaries as "conservatives" without knowing the proper definition of it. It all comes down to polarization. The Republican Party isn't conservative by definition, it is reactionary by the agenda it has pushed ever since the Fifth Party System.


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Verified pro-Nazi X accounts flourish under Elon Musk
Not surprising, given his hatred of Jews.


Not to mention how he put effort into denying it by literally visiting Auschwitz and Israel and then saying that he is part of the Jewish heritage. It was only after he got exposed for supporting that.


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24 Apr 2024, 6:12 pm

Read the Complete and Unedited Article  HERE .

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Australia is taking on "arrogant billionaire" Elon Musk over violent images on X

At issue is the right of X to publish a video showing the moment a 16-year-old allegedly stabbed a bishop in an Orthodox Christian Church in Sydney earlier this month.

Australian authorities say the clips threw fuel on a riot that erupted outside the church after the attack and shouldn’t be available for general viewing on a global platform, where it could be used to radicalize potential offenders.

The country’s e-safety commissioner ordered social media giants to take it down.

Most complied, but X didn’t go far enough, according to the commissioner.

Australia wants X to remove the video completely, not just hide it from Australian users who could circumvent a local ban by using virtual private networks.

X says that’s an assault on free speech.

Anti-Jew, Nazi Sympathizer, Pro-Violence, and a Trumpster too boot.  What a waste of oxygen.


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Fnord wrote:
Read the Complete and Unedited Article  HERE .

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Australia is taking on "arrogant billionaire" Elon Musk over violent images on X

At issue is the right of X to publish a video showing the moment a 16-year-old allegedly stabbed a bishop in an Orthodox Christian Church in Sydney earlier this month.

Australian authorities say the clips threw fuel on a riot that erupted outside the church after the attack and shouldn’t be available for general viewing on a global platform, where it could be used to radicalize potential offenders.

The country’s e-safety commissioner ordered social media giants to take it down.

Most complied, but X didn’t go far enough, according to the commissioner.

Australia wants X to remove the video completely, not just hide it from Australian users who could circumvent a local ban by using virtual private networks.

X says that’s an assault on free speech.

Anti-Jew, Nazi Sympathizer, Pro-Violence, and a Trumpster too boot.  What a waste of oxygen.


:skull: Bro literally doesn't wanna take down video of an Orthodox priest being assaulted. He doesn't even know the difference between Russian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church in general.


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25 Apr 2024, 6:35 pm

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[I can't believe how American Conservatives are basically just reactionary nationalists just like those insidious Putinists of Russia. The word "conservative" is completely out of place for America for they're not even propagating preservation but instead reaction. In general, a conservative does want to uphold traditional values but will be more likely to accept some social change, unlike a reactionary who will vehemently oppose such and try to revert back to the older times as it deems the past more fit than the present. So, the so-called "conservatives" of America aren't even real conservatives but just a bunch of reactionaries.

They still identify with the conservative label, because their belief system is unchanged from when those ideas were conservative rather than reactionary. "Reactionary" feels to them like a label given to them by those dang America-hating socialists. Some American conservatives have embraced the label, like how Some have openly embraced calling themselves nationalists. Some conservatives have gone the other way and tried to brand themselves as "classical liberals"; that is: what they think "liberals" were before Obama (or whatever they blame) came along and made Democrats all hate America and love socialism. These "classical liberals" stylize themselves as tolerant and open-minded, but only inasmuch as it makes them seem to the unaware like their intolerance and closed-mindedness are the result of careful, meaningful thought. It's the same angle they use to try and paint the left as intolerant, even though not ten years ago they were crying in unison about how "tolerance" is just a commie buzzword (or something).


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