Jeff Rosen, District Attorney for Santa Clara County – California’s largest county prosecutor’s officeon Tuesday citing increasing hate speech on the social media platform following its acquisition by billionaire Elon Musk.
In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, Rosen wrote, “As Americans, we have the freedom to express our political views loudly and to strongly disagree with each other. However, when that hate speech, crosses the line of racism and antisemitism, then all. Our precious and hard-fought freedoms have been undermined and our democracy undermined.”
The statement continued, “Every American has a moral obligation to fight against hate speech.” “There are many ways to do this, big and small. Here’s one way: Quit Twitter.”
In a statement published on the district attorney’s office website, Rosen cited “hate, bigotry, and antisemitism on the platform and in Twitter owner Elon Musk’s own statements and posts, such as memes used by racists and antisemites.” , “Departure as official reasons. Rosen accused Musk of hiding behind a veil of free speech, using the platform to spread hate and make money, subsequently eroding democracy and destroying the country by pitting Americans against each other.
“That’s what many Germans did in the 1930s and many South Africans in the 1980s. That’s what Elon Musk is doing in the 2020s,” Rosen said in the statement.
Hate speech against LGBTQ+ people, Jewish people and black people has increased since Musk’s acquisition of the social network, According to research from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which shows slurs against black people on Twitter more than three times the average by 2022 under Musk’s leadership, while slurs against LGBTQ+ people soared 58%.
Musk has been criticized for reinstating previously banned Twitter accounts, including accounts belonging to former President Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West, who have since been suspended for “inciting violence” with antisemitic posts. Both the NAACP and ADL have demandedAs a result.
Rosen called on other district attorneys across America to leave Twitter in the wake of hate speech, writing, “We proudly represent the people, all of them. As American prosecutors, we speak with one voice.” Against crime, violence. Greed and hatred.”
“We don’t need 280 characters or a billionaire’s app to say, ‘Bigotry has no home in the country of the free and the home of the brave.'”
At the time of publication, Twitter account The Santa Clara DA’s office remains inactive. Rosen said those interested in staying informed about his office’s actions can keep up with him on Facebook or his official website.
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