Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s (aka Ye) Twitter account after the latter posted antisemitic tweets and violated the platform’s rules.
In a reply to Mega founder Kim Dotcom, Musk clarified that Ye’s account was suspended for “incitement to violence” and not because of the music artist posting an “unflattering” picture of the Tesla CEO.
Kanye West was on a tweeting spree earlier today, during which he posted a photo that appeared to combine the Star of David with a Nazi swastika symbol.
Not long after that, he announced on Truth Social that he was momentarily shut out of his Twitter account.
Elon Musk later explained that he “did his best” to urge Kanye West to respect Twitter guidelines; nonetheless, the rapper still proceeded to post information that broke Twitter’s rule against inciting violence, which resulted in a suspension from the platform.
Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering pic of me being hosed by Ari.
Frankly, I found those pics to be helpful motivation to lose weight!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022
Musk rounded out the saga by Tweeting “FAFO” — fu*k around and find out.
When it comes to breaking the rules of Twitter, this is not West’s first time at the rodeo.
Due to the publication of anti-Semitic content, his account was briefly suspended in the month of October. However, it does not appear that he has internalized the lesson.
Since last night, when he made an appearance on Alex Jones’s Infowars show and praised Hitler, West has been the subject of much of the news coverage.
After Kanye West’s presence, the account for Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee deleted its tweet from October 6 that said “Kanye. Elon. Trump.”
A short time later, the social network Parler announced that Ye would not be purchasing the company after all.
According to the statement, “Parlement Technologies has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler.” Parlement Technologies was the party that issued the statement.
Ye had struck a deal with the company in October to purchase the social network for an amount that was not disclosed. The transaction was to take place at a later date.
This past week, Twitter published a blog post in which it stated that it remains committed to maintaining a healthy discourse under the “Twitter 2.0” platform and that none of the company’s policies have been altered.
On the other hand, the firm has updated various restrictions regarding account verification and a cooling-off period for new users that are trying to acquire a membership to Twitter Blue.
Additionally, Elon Musk granted a “universal amnesty” to previously terminated accounts based on the results of a survey that he had conducted.
In October, the new owner of Twitter made a pledge to create a “content moderation committee” with “widely different opinions.” This commitment relates to the general policy of moderation on the platform. Regarding that matter, there have been no further developments.
Musk has made a lot of statements about being a “free-speech absolutist” and turning Twitter into a “public town square,” yet the one policy he has consistently discussed is suspending accounts that are encouraging violence. This is the only policy Musk has discussed.
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