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Elon Musk suspends Kanye West’s Twitter account

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Published: 17:17, 2 December 2022  
Elon Musk suspends Kanye West’s Twitter account

Kanye West. Photo: Collected

Kanye West's Twitter account was suspended again on Friday for violating the social media platform’s rules on “incitement to violence,” CEO Elon Musk said.

The rapper, also known as Ye, appeared to post an image of a swastika, a symbol synonymous with the Nazis, inside a Star of David, a prominent symbol of Judaism, reports international media.

Musk said he “tried his best” in response to Ye’s tweet, which can no longer be viewed. “Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”

Ye’s tweet came after he made antisemetic comments in an interview with the controversial radio host Alex Jones Thursday. Ye referred to “the Jewish media” and said he saw “good things about Hitler” in an hour-long conversation with the conspiracy theorist.

In October, Twitter locked Ye’s account for an unspecified amount of time following a string of antisemitic remarks which escalated into threatening and hateful comments about Jewish people. He returned to Twitter in November.

Ye’s antisemitic outbursts have led to major commercial partners cutting deals with the rapper.

Adidas ended its partnership with Ye last month while Gap and Foot Locker said they’d remove products from the rapper’s Yeezy brand from their stores.