MSNBC host Elon Musk on Monday accused Twitter of promoting “stochastic terrorists” like TikTok Libs to cultivate a “far-right audience.”
In a segment on the rise of extremist groups in the U.S., Deadline: The White House, host Nicole Wallace asked self-proclaimed anti-fascist Christopher Goldsmith to discuss how Musk’s purchase of Twitter contributed to the problem. ok
“Elon Musk is deliberately cultivating a far-right audience, and a particularly anti-trans audience,” responded Goldsmith, who is CEO of Veterans Against Fascism.
Goldsmith said Twitter accounts such as “Libs of TikTok” and “Gays Against Groomers” have created “trans panic” online by “trying to dehumanize trans-Americans and trans people abroad and using slurs to say they are child predators.” He also accused them of causing alleged threats against “drag incidents”.
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Both accounts repost others’ social media content to expose members of the LGBTQ+ community and others who support radical views against children.
“They’re taking it like the QAnon myth, their Pizzagate pedophile conspiracy theory … and they’re making it mainstream. Whether we like it or not, it’s become one of the most important social media platforms out there,” Goldsmith said.
According to his website, Goldsmith, who has appeared frequently on MSNBC, describes himself as “an investigator and consultant who takes an unconventional approach to combating local fascist organizations and illegal militias.”
Goldsmith told Wallace that he believes Musk is intentionally destroying Twitter and turning it into an “angry cesspool” because Ilon thinks he needs to get something out of the mess.
“So not only is he promoting stochastic terrorism, but he’s engaging with stochastic terrorists like the TikTok Libs and Goyers Against Groomers and all the other far-right activists who discriminate against the trans community and the LGBTQ+ community. acts of violence and threats of violence,” he alleged.
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TikTok Libs, which has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter, was suspended six times before Musk took over for violating its “hateful conduct” policy. The Part two of The Twitter Files, Last week, Twitter said it had internally acknowledged that the account “did not directly engage in conduct that violated its hateful conduct policy,” but continued the suspension anyway.
The account publicly thanked Musk for giving him a sense of “vindication” by releasing internal Twitter communications.
“They fired me multiple times knowing I never violated any policy. That’s what happens when they talk about things they don’t want to talk about,” he wrote on Twitter. “Glad those Twitter days are over. Thanks @elonmusk.”
Musk responded to his post by promising to make Twitter “very good” under his leadership.
“Welcome. Twitter won’t be perfect in the future,” he tweeted, “but it *will* be a lot better.”