Ye suspended from Twitter after swastika post


After making anti-Semitic remarks and praising Hitler on Thursday, the rapper Ye has been suspended from Twitter.

Formerly known as Kanye West, Ye’s account read as “account suspended” early Friday.

Twitter owner Elon Musk said it would be suspended after a post on Ye’s account Thursday night showed an image that appeared to show a swastika inside a Star of David. The post was subsequently blocked by Twitter for breaking the rules.

Musk wrote on the platform that the suspension was “for inciting violence”. The duration of the suspension was not immediately clear.

Ye’s suspension comes about a month after multibillionaire Musk, who described himself as a “free speech absolutist,” bought Twitter for $44 billion.

Earlier Thursday, Ye sat down for an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, in which Ye made anti-Semitic remarks, referred to “the Jewish media” and said, “I also see good things about Hitler.”

You wore a black full face mask during the interview. White supremacist Nick Fuentes was also on the program, which was streamed live.

But after Ye’s account tweeted the image of the Star of David later Thursday, he was suspended.

Musk replied to another user, “I did my best. Despite this, he again violated our rule against inciting violence. Account is suspended.”

Ye’s Twitter account was previously blocked for anti-Semitic comments, but he returned to the platform in November. Musk has said Twitter restored Ye’s account before taking ownership.

In recent months, Ye has made a series of anti-Semitic remarks and statements directed at Jewish people.

Adidas cut ties with Ye in October, saying his actions were “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous”. The move came after criticism for the company to act.

Twitter has suspended other accounts since Musk took over, including those of users who impersonated Musk. He has also reinstated some previously suspended accounts, including those of former President Donald Trump.

Shortly after taking control of Twitter, Musk’s team laid off much of the company’s workforce, including employees who fight misinformation. On Wednesday, a top European Union official warned that the company must strengthen measures to protect users from hate speech to avoid breaking new rules there.

Ye appeared to imply that he would leave the platform on Thursday night before he was suspended. He tweeted an image of a shirtless Musk being sprayed with a hose and wrote, “Let’s always remember this as my last tweet.”

Musk replied to that tweet, “That’s fine.” On the now-blocked Star of David post, Musk wrote, “This is not so.”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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