Kanye West‘s Twitter account was suspended early Friday morning (Friday night AEDT) after Elon Musk said it violated the platform’s rules on inciting violence.
The rapper, who has legally changed his name to Ye, was suspended for a second time this year after he tweeted a picture of a swastika merged with the Star of David.
Musk, the new Twitter CEO, confirmed the suspension by replying to Ye’s post of an unflattering photo of him, which Ye called it his “final tweet”.
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“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended,” Musk tweeted.
Ye, who finalised his divorce from Kim Kardashian this week, has made a series of antisemitic comments recently. On Thursday, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
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Ye’s remarks have led to his suspension from social media platforms, his talent agency dropping him and companies like Adidas cutting ties with him. The sportswear manufacturer has also launched an investigation into his conduct.
In late October, West addressed the antisemitic comments — as well as what he’s said about George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter — in a rambling 16-minute video shared by WmgLab Records on YouTube and seemingly recorded at some point after Adidas ended its business relationship with him.
In the video, West did not apologise for his antisemitic remarks but seemed to try to distance himself from any “hate group”.
“I have no association to any hate group,” West said as he closed his remarks in prayer.
“If any hate happens upon any Jewish person, it is not associated (gestures to himself) because I am demanding that everyone walk in love.”
Ye was first suspended from Twitter in early October after saying in a post that he was going to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
His account was reinstated by the end of the month just as Musk took control of the company, but the billionaire tweeted that “Ye’s account was restored by Twitter before the acquisition. They did not consult with or inform me.”
Musk is under pressure to clean up Twitter after changes he made following his purchase of the platform resulted in what watchdog groups say is a rise in racist, antisemitic and other toxic speech.
Ye had offered to buy rightwing-leaning social media site Parler in October, but the company said this week that the deal has fallen through.
At the time, Ye and Parlement Technologies, which owns Parler, said the acquisition would be completed in the last three months of the year.
“This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November,” Parlement Technologies said in a statement Thursday.
“Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”
– Reported with Associated Press and CNN.
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