Elon Musk suspends Kanye West on Twitter for ‘inciting violence’ after swastika post

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Kanye West, also known as Ye, has been banned from Twitter again after he shared an image combining the Star of David and a swastika, billionaire Elon Musk announced on Friday — the latest in a string of widely criticized anti-Semitic statements of the rapper and the move displays one of Musk’s red lines for content and free speech on the platform.

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West, previously banned for anti-Semitic posts, was suspended after sharing an image of a swastika embedded in the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism.

Musk, who welcomed the rapper back to the platform in late November and has sought to turn Twitter into a haven for free speech, confirmed West’s account has been suspended and his posts removed.

West was suspended for violating Twitter’s “rule against incitement to violence,” Musk pointed out, noting it wasn’t his first violation.

“I tried my best,” Musk said.

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West has unleashed a torrent of anti-Semitic comments and remarks in national media appearances and on social media in recent weeks. He reportedly has a history of admiring Hitler, according to CNN. West, along with former President Donald Trump, has been widely condemned for dating Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist and Holocaust denier. His behavior has already resulted in his being removed from several social media platforms and hastened the collapse of his business empire. The Twitter ban came just hours after West praised the Nazis and Adolf Hitler in an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “I like Hitler,” West told Jones, spreading numerous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. He said the Nazis “did good things too” and that people should stop “dissing” them all the time. “I love Jews, but I also love Nazis,” West told Jones, who defended himself against the comments. Politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the comments, including many Republicans. New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, one of the few Republican Jewish congressmen, told Politico West “a deranged anti-Semite” and the Republican Jewish Coalition called the interview a “terrible cesspool of dangerous, bigoted hatred of Jews”. Jonathan Greenblatt, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, denounced West as a “malicious anti-Semite” and said his comments were “disgusting”, “insulting” and “endangering Jews”.

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West’s plans to buy Parler, a self-touted “free speech” alternative to Twitter, fell through on Thursday. The company said the decision was mutual and CNN reported the rapper’s business difficulties as a factor in the decision, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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West posted an unflattering picture of Musk topless on a yacht and wrote, “Let’s always remember this as my last tweet.” Musk clarified that the post had no bearing on the decision to suspend West’s account . “Honestly, I found these images to be helpful motivation for losing weight,” he said.

Further consideration

West’s posts have now been removed from Twitter. Drew Harwell, a tech reporter for the Washington Postcaptured some of the rapper’s recent activities on the platform.

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$198.9 billion. That’s according to Musk’s estimated net worth forbes’ real-time tracker. He bought Twitter for $44 billion in October and is known for co-founding and running electric car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX. forbes According to estimates, West is worth an estimated $400 million. He resigned from the ranks of billionaires in October after Adidas went out of business along with other big brands.

Further reading

Trump says Nick Fuentes white supremacist’s views were ‘not voiced’ at ‘very quick dinner’ – but appears to have stopped condemning him (Forbes)

No More Billionaire: Kanye West’s Anti-Semitism Wipes His Fortune While Adidas Breaks Ties (Forbes)

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