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Now Elon Musk says he will CHARGE people to use X because it's the 'only way to protect against bot accounts' dominating the platform formerly known as Twitter

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk has said he will charge people to use X because it is the'only way to protect against bot accounts'. The billionaire owner of the platform - formerly known as X - says users will face a'small monthly payment'. However, experts have warned that the change could be the'final push' for some users to delete the app. Speaking to MailOnline, Jake Moore, a cybersecurity expert at ESET, said: 'Bots have been an issue on the platform since the beginning but when Musk laid off mass numbers of employees including security staff, the issue rose to rather uncontrollable lengths. 'Requesting payment from all users could potentially mitigate this problem but he could have a bigger problem in his hands with a mass exodus of users.

Israel's prime minister urges Elon Musk to curb antisemitism on his platform, X

The Guardian

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, urged Elon Musk to address the proliferation of antisemitism on the billionaire's social media platform X. In an in-person meeting in California on Monday, Netanyahu said he hoped Musk would find ways within the confines of the first amendment to clamp down on antisemitism and other forms of hatred on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Monday's meeting was billed by the Israeli leader as a conversation about technology and AI that would include how leaders should both "harness the opportunities that mitigate the risks of AI for the good of civilization". But the discussion quickly turned to free speech and antisemitism. Since Musk took over Twitter in October 2022, the platform has repeatedly been called out for the spread of antisemitic content among users.

Hagee: Reps. Tlaib, Omar 'are spouting anti-Semitic poison' into America's bloodstream

FOX News

Pastor John Hagee is calling on Congress to define and root out "very vocal and very aggressive" anti-Semitism in the country, accusing Reps. The founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, which boasts over seven million members, is hitting back at anti-Semitism head-on in three areas across the nation: Congress, the media and college campuses. JOHN HAGEE: ANTI-SEMITISM HAS BEEN DANGEROUSLY REBRANDED – AND IT'S NOT JUST A JEWISH PROBLEM "Anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem," Hagee told Fox News. Anti-Semitism is evil and, as evil, it damns the soul." The pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas said members in the House of Representatives need to call out their colleagues for anti-Semitic actions. "In Congress, anti-Semitism is now being heard in the halls of Congress out of the voices of Tlaib and Omar," he said. "The voices of freshman congresswomen are spouting anti-Semitic poison being absorbed in the bloodstream of this country.

French president plans measures to tackle anti-Semitism

Al Jazeera

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced measures including legislation to combat online hate speech, adding that the scourge of anti-Semitism has grown in recent years. "Our country, and for that matter all of Europe and most Western democracies, seems to be facing a resurgence of anti-Semitism unseen since World War II," Macron said on Wednesday. France, home to Europe's biggest Jewish community, is reeling after a string of attacks that have made global headlines. New legislation will be introduced in May to force social media companies to withdraw hate speech posted online and use all available means to identify the authors "as quickly as possible". Addressing the annual dinner of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), the French leader pledged that he will recognise anti-Zionism as a modern form of anti-Semitism.

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu comes under fire for wooing allies who distort the Holocaust

The Japan Times

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis marks his latest embrace of an Eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust. Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations swept up in a wave of World War II-era revisionism that seeks to diminish their culpability in the Holocaust while making heroes out of anti-Soviet nationalists involved in the mass killing of Jews. In Israel, established in the wake of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews, many say Netanyahu is cynically betraying the victims' memory. Lithuania, for instance, has been a leading force behind creating a joint memorial day for all victims of totalitarianism, blurring the distinction between the crimes of the Nazis and the communists who fought them. It also has pushed for legislation to prohibit the sale of books that "distort Lithuanian history" by citing the rampant, documented collaboration of the local population with Nazis.