Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a U.S. journey in California to speak to billionaire businessman Elon Musk about antisemitism on his social media platform X — whereas Musk requested him to deal with his judicial overhaul in Israel. The 2 additionally mentioned synthetic intelligence in a sparsely-attended livestream occasion Monday.
Netanyahu’s high-profile go to to the San Francisco Bay Space comes at a time when Musk is going through accusations of tolerating antisemitic messages on his social media platform, whereas Netanyahu is confronting political opposition at residence and overseas. Protesters gathered early Monday exterior the Fremont, California manufacturing unit the place Tesla makes its automobiles.
The video livestream kicked off shortly earlier than 9:30 a.m. with Netanyahu and the Tesla CEO. Netanyahu’s official X account posted that he’s holding a “one on one dialog” with Musk. The variety of viewers hovered round 700-800 folks.
The 2 kicked off with a joke about deepfakes and shortly launched right into a dialogue of synthetic intelligence as each a blessing and a curse for humanity.
Netanyahu stated an essential query about extra superior AI is: “How do you get the worldwide regime to regulate this factor?”
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He stated it begins by getting like-minded states to comply with a code of ethics and code of conduct to foster the advantages and “curb the curses” however stated there’ll nonetheless be a have to “police the planet” towards rogue actors.
The freestyle dialog, which included jokes from each males, quickly turned to free speech and antisemitism, with Netanyahu telling Musk he hopes that throughout the confines of the First Modification he can discover a option to clamp down on antisemitism and different types of hatred on his social media platform.
“I encourage you and urge you to seek out the stability. It’s a tricky one,” Netanyahu stated.
Musk stated that with 100 million to 200 million posts on X in a day, “a few of these are gonna be unhealthy.” He then reiterated the platform’s coverage to not promote or amplify hate speech. Below Musk, the previous Twitter modified its guidelines in order that objectionable posts usually are not normally eliminated, however as an alternative their visibility is proscribed so folks have to hunt it out in the event that they wish to see it. Musk calls this “freedom of speech, not freedom of attain.”
Musk is going through accusations of tolerating antisemitic messages on his social media platform. The Anti-Defamation League, a outstanding Jewish civil-rights group, has accused Musk of permitting antisemitism and hate speech to unfold on X. Its director, Jonathan Greenblatt, stated Musk had “amplified” the messages of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who wish to ban the league by partaking with them just lately on X.
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In a Sept. 4 publish, Musk claimed that the league was “attempting to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.” In different posts, he stated the league was chargeable for a 60% drop in income at X. The ADL was amongst a coalition or teams that urged corporations final yr to pause their promoting on Twitter after Musk purchased the platform. However analysts who observe Twitter have argued that Musk’s chaotic modifications to the platform — together with jettisoning its well-known model title — have led to a decline in curiosity from advertisers.
The group met this month with X’s chief government, Linda Yaccarino. Each Musk and Yaccarino have just lately posted messages saying they oppose antisemitism.
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On Sunday, although Musk posted that George Soros’ group “seems to need nothing lower than the destruction of western civilization.” Soros, 93, has donated billionsofdollars of his private wealth to liberal and anti-authoritarian causes all over the world, making him a well-liked goal amongst many on the best. The Hungarian-American, who’s Jewish, has additionally been the topic of anti-Semitic assaults and conspiracy theories for many years.
Netanyahu’s go to was unusually Musk-centric for a world chief. Silicon Valley itineraries for visiting political dignitaries sometimes additionally embody main tech corporations akin to Apple, Google or Meta.
From California, Netanyahu heads to New York, the place he’s scheduled to deal with the United Nations Basic Meeting and meet with President Joe Biden and different world leaders, his workplace stated. They embody German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in addition to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres.
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A whole bunch of 1000’s of Israelis have taken half in 9 months of demonstrations towards Netanyahu’s plan to overtake Israel’s judicial system. These protests have unfold abroad, with teams of Israeli expats staging demonstrations throughout visits by Netanyahu and different members of his Cupboard.
Netanyahu says the judicial overhaul plan is required to curb the powers of unelected judges, whom he and his allies say are liberal and overly interventionist. Critics say his plan is an influence seize that may destroy the nation’s system of checks and balances and push it towards autocratic rule.
Main figures in Israel’s influential high-tech group have performed a outstanding position within the protests. They are saying weakening the judiciary will damage the nation’s enterprise local weather and drive away overseas funding. Israel’s foreign money, the shekel, has plunged in worth this yr in an indication of weakening overseas funding.
Netanyahu performed down his overhaul as a wanted, minor correction to curb what he described as extreme powers of his nation’s judiciary. Critics say the plan, which features a proposal for controlling the appointment of the nation’s judges, would focus energy within the arms of Netanyahu and his allies. Netanyahu additionally made no point out of his corruption trial. Netanyahu describes himself as a sufferer of a witch hunt and his critics say the overhaul is motivated by his anger on the authorized system.
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