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A study by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) has found that extremist elements have viewed Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter as an opportunity to rejoin the social media platform en masse.

The findings indicate that a sea change is taking place on Twitter with respect to the proliferation of extremist antisemitic content.


Much attention has been paid to Kanye “Ye” West’s antisemitic tirade, and the NCRI/CAM data show that his remarks triggered an increase of 136 percent in toxic comments, threats, and identity attacks in tweets pertaining to Jews on the platform.

Furthermore, the data suggest that the influx of extremist activity onto Twitter began far before West’s statements, with an organized effort of extremist communities like the Gen Z, neo-Nazi “Groypers,” led by white supremacist Nick Fuentes.

The report said the extremists acted as a vanguard: anticipating, planning for, and capitalizing on Musk’s acquisition of Twitter to popularize and disseminate hateful content with the expectation that Musk would provide a more hospitable platform for their brand of extremist content, joining Twitter at a rapid rate.

The report comes on the heels of Twitter briefly reinstating Fuentes’s account in late January, the only mainstream social media platform to allow his activity.

But within hours of being reinstated, Fuentes’ second tweet was a video showcasing “ye24” and “Death Con 3,” a nod to West’s October tweet where he said he was going to go “death con 3 on the Jewish people.” The account was, again, immediately suspended.

Using machine learning, natural language processing, open-source investigation of social media content, graph and time series analysis, and econometric techniques, NCRI examined how an antisemitic transformation has taken shape on Twitter and how these changes might relate to physical-world, antisemitic incidents.

Insights were drawn from vast amounts of data across social media platforms in near-real time to uncover contemporary antisemitism on social media, and its real-life consequences.

Neo-Nazi Groyper accounts joined the platform first in response to Musk joining the board of the company, then surged to their highest levels (~2,000 percent growth) on April 15th, with the announcement of his purchase offer.

Notable spikes accompanied Musk’s formal acquisition of the platform (~1,000 percent) and the reinstatement on Twitter of former US President Donald Trump.

Baseline levels of new Groyper accounts continuing to join the platform have also surged and remained elevated by more than 200 percent, suggesting sustained growth in Gen-Z neo-Nazi Groyper activity on Twitter.

“Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, it has become not only a safe space for hate, especially antisemitism, but also a vector for its spread,” said Sacha Roytman Dratwa, CEO of CAM.

“Many white supremacists and other extremists have perceived it as a place where there is permission to incite, and even a single tweet from someone like Nick Fuentes or Ye has to the power to sow seeds of hate for years to come. It is a very real and tangible threat.”

Since Twitter accepted Musk’s offer in April, monthly references to tropes about “Soros” and “Globalists,” which are often antisemitic, have nearly doubled which the researchers said was a “great concern” because the NCRI/CAM characterizes online antisemitism as an upstream predictor of real-world incidents.

The impacts have, in fact, emerged in tandem with a surge in real-world antisemitic activity, and the data suggest key antisemitic conspiracy terms on Twitter both correlated with, and were useful for forecasting these activities.

“There is almost a horseshoe effect mobilizing against the Jewish people, with white supremacists, Black Hebrew Israelites, Islamists, and others working together on the only cause that unites them: a hatred of Jews,” said Joel Finkelstein, Chief Science Officer and Director at NCRI.

One example was from November last year when Christopher Brown (@vrilgod) replied to a heated argument on Twitter about the history of the transatlantic slave trade with the claim “Jews owned the ships.”

Later that same day, Brown was arrested at New York City’s Penn Station carrying a “large 8-inch military-style knife, a blade longer than 4 inches, a Swastika arm patch, and a ski mask,” in connection to threats against a synagogue in the city. The tweet was subsequently uncovered, after being deleted, on the NCRI’s platform.

Brown — a white male linked to online neo-Nazi groups — had used a trope common to the Black Hebrew Israelites. His quip on Twitter and subsequent planned terror attack shows the convergence of different racial hatreds in new, unexpected ways that appear to be growing in popularity and attention, with a rash against Jews taking place in the physical world.

To view the full CAM/NCRI report on Twitter and its responsibility for a rise in antisemitism, click here.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.