Musk Tells X Users to Follow Disinformation Accounts
The recommendations followed Hamas' attack on Israel this past weekend
As false information about the rapidly changing war between Gaza Strip militants and Israel proliferated on the social media platform X over the weekend, the floundering app's owner Elon Musk personally recommended that users follow accounts notorious for promoting lies.
"For following the war in real-time, @WarMonitors & @sentdefender are good," Musk posted on the platform formerly called Twitter on Sunday morning to 150 million follower accounts. That post was viewed 11 million times in three hours, drawing thanks from those two accounts, before Musk deleted it.
Both were among the most important early spreaders of a false claim in May that there had been an explosion near the White House. The Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index briefly dropped 85 points before that story was debunked.
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