Cause of ‘significant increase’ in hate speech.
FADA said there has been a “particular increase” in hate comments and misinformation since Tesla mogul Elon Musk took over the platform, formerly known as Twitter, last year.
FADA said in a statement that there has been a “significant increase” in anti-trans and homophobic hostility, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and other anti-human content. “In our opinion, X is no longer an acceptable environment for public authorities,” the paper said.
The agency’s director, Felda Ataman, said other state agencies and ministries should also ask themselves whether it makes sense to remain on a platform that has “turned into a disinformation network.”
Ataman said FADA could only counter the rise in hateful comments by allocating more resources to the platform, but she said this could be a questionable use of public funds.
It has been transplanted since the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas launched a large-scale surprise attack on Israel on Saturday.Many German officials resisted calls to withdraw from X, saying there are currently no alternative channels that could reach a wider audience online.
The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Finance continues to maintain a profile on X, as does Prime Minister Olaf Scholz and the government itself.
The European Union said Tuesday it had warned Musk about false content and reports glorifying violence.In a letter to X, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said his concerns were heightened following Hamas attacks. It asked Musk to respond within 24 hours and contact “appropriate law enforcement.”
X said it had taken steps to curb the spread of recent inappropriate posts and deleted newly created Hamas-related accounts to “prevent the spread of terrorist content online.”