Total Mentions: 684 K | Individual Accounts: 347 K | Total Retweets: 363 K
Total Impressions: 5.24 B | Total Reach (estimate):~954.24M
Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and white supremacist Nick Feuntes appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars radio show on Thursday. Throughout the show, Ye made numerous antisemitic statements, including his admiration for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Jewish control of the media, alluding to Planned Parenthood as a mechanism of the “New World Order”, and distortions of the Holocaust. Later that evening, Ye tweeted numerous antisemitic messages, including an image of a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David. This led Twitter CEO Elon Musk to suspend Ye’s account.
Conversations online widely condemned Ye for both his interview and tweets, and specifically his admiration for Hitler. Ye’s actions led to over 500,000 mentions of “Hitler” in less than 24 hours on social media platforms.
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“Tim Pool" - A right-wing American YouTuber. Ye appeared on a podcast hosted by Pool.
Total Mentions: 366.64 K | Individual Accounts: 112.47 K | Total Retweets: 224.24 K Total Impressions: 3.58 B | Total Reach (estimate): ~657.35 M
Prior to Ye’s appearance on InfoWars, conversations related to former President Donald Trump’s dinner with Ye, Fuentes, and alt-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos dominated online discussions on social media.
Conversations focused on Trump’s perceived antisemitism and the failure of elected Republican politicians to denounce the former president’s actions. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) used the hashtag “#KKKevinMcCarthy” to criticize House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for failing to denounce Trump. That hashtag has been used over 24,000 times - one of the most used hashtags this week - with many speaking out against other Republicans. This discussion persisted throughout the week as prominent figures including President Biden, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and former Vice President Mike Pence spoke out against the dinner.
A month on from Musk's Twitter Acquisition
Total Mentions: 5.48 M | Individual Accounts: 1.08 M | Total Retweets: 4.18 M Total Impressions: 47.76 B | Total Reach (estimate): ~8.54 B
FCAS has analyzed how antisemitic discourse has changed on Twitter in the month since Elon Musk acquired the platform by comparing statistics from Musk’s first month at Twitter to the month prior. In both months, there have been notable events that resulted in sizable surges in conversation around antisemitism. Yet, the latter month boasted significantly higher mention volume statistics that support a correlation between Musk’s new policies on Twitter and an increase in antisemitic conversation on the platform.
Our Command Center sample data shows that the total mention volume of key terms after Musk acquired Twitter increased by 24%. More significantly, the average daily mention volume of antisemitism-related conversation increased by 54%, meaning that more conversation took place on a daily basis. During the past month, related conversations reached approximately 1.4 billion more people than in the previous month, an approximately 20% increase in conversation reach. Conversations about antisemitic conspiracy theories have grown more prevelant during Musk’s first month, with mentions of “Jewish power” up 71%, mentions of “QAnon” up 150%, and mentions of “the real Jews'' up 68%. Similarly, mentions of Adolf Hitler are up 29% and mentions of Nazis up 88%.