X/Twitter and the American political ghetto

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In the last few weeks, Elon Musk reinstated the account of America First influencer Nick Fuentes on X, formerly Twitter. Speech restrictions on the platform have gradually been eased since Musk’s acquisition in 2022, to the point that pro-White and “antisemitic” content now regularly go viral.

Simultaneously, the US Federal Government has taken the unprecedented step of passing a law that will ban TikTok, unless its Chinese parent company divests ownership to Jewish investors.

This drastic move was made on behalf of America’s Jewish community, which blames TikTok for Israel losing the PR war in Gaza by allowing the proliferation of pro-Palestine and anti-Zionist content in the wake of October 7th.

This begs the question, why does a surge of anti-Zionist material on TikTok warrant an immediate ban, while X/Twitter has largely escaped scrutiny despite its own surge of anti-Zionist—and in some cases pro-White material—in recent months?

The answer can be found in this year’s Infinite Dial survey, conducted by Edison Research. The survey tracks social media use in the US by conducting a poll of Americans.

The most striking statistic in this survey is an observable decline in X/Twitter use by Americans between 2023 and 2024, from 27% to 19% of the population, a decline of 30%.

X/Twitter saw a decline in use of 30% between 2023 and 2024.

The likely culprit for this decline was the decision to turn X/Twitter into a walled garden. By no longer allowing users to freely search and view tweets without the need for a registered account, this subtle change places a hard limit on the impact X/Twitter can have on the general population.

Looking at the Infinite Dial survey further, it can be seen that X/Twitter is a relatively “niche” social media platform, with only 5% of the general population reporting that they use it as their primary social media app.

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In contrast, TikTok boasts a significantly broader user base, with 13% of the population naming it their primary social media platform. Moreover, among 12-34-year-olds, this figure rises to 23%, making TikTok the second largest social media platform within this demographic.

Looking at the data, it is clear why ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt was alarmed late last year over the proliferation of anti-Zionist material on TikTok but relatively mute on its proliferation on X/Twitter.

TikTok is widely used among 18-34-year-olds.

Data suggests that TikTok is a far wider-reaching platform, especially among young people. Thus, the likelihood of a depoliticized ‘normie’ encountering anti-Zionist material is far greater on TikTok than on X/Twitter.

X/Twitter, in comparison, has effectively become a ghetto for American political discourse, where people who are already politicized are siloed into their own echo chamber depending on their pre-existing political interests.

That being said, X/Twitter’s value as a propaganda outlet appears to be worth exploiting, as the platform’s somewhat politicized user base is rapidly becoming further radicalized. This is especially true on the issues of addressing the Great Replacement, Israel, and Jewish power.

This can no better be demonstrated than with the emergence of large accounts such as Irish Nationalist Keith Woods and Jake Shields, who both were able to maintain their presence on X/Twitter under the previous censorship regime. The two accounts have been able to push increasingly radical ideas even further now that censorship as a whole on X/Twitter has been relaxed.

While America’s Jewish elite are furiously banning TikTok to prevent the further politicization of the general population, they are essentially writing off the already politicized portion of the population from being further radicalized—on the right and the left—by not forcing Musk to censor X/Twitter.

It is a huge miscalculation for the Jewish community to allow X/Twitter to radicalize politicized people further. However, their attention appears to be diverted by other more pressing concerns, amidst the collapse of the American empire.

Should their priorities shift or the radicalization on X/Twitter begin to cause destabilizing issues, they very well could turn their attention back to Elon Musk’s X and crack down on institutional dissent.

In a meeting leaked earlier this year, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt again reiterated his demand to revoke Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields online platforms from legal liability for user-generated content.

Something that both Democrats and Republicans have promised to do in recent years. It is not unlikely that Section 230 will be stripped at some point, and Jewish organizations such as the ADL will use lawfare to force censorship on X/Twitter.

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