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Elon Musk bans Kanye ‘Ye’ West from Twitter

Musical artist Kanye West looks on in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with President Donald Trump on October 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
December 02, 2022

The rapper Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, is again banned from Twitter less than a month after his account was reinstated, this time soon after he posted a graphic of a swastika embedded into the Star of David late Thursday night.

The post followed Ye’s unhinged appearance earlier that day on Alex Jones’ “InfoWars,” where he said, “I love Jewish people, but I also love Nazis” and praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler after weeks of statements widely seen as anti-Semitic.

Ye’s controversial appearance on Jones’ show comes after Ye admitted but later refuted that he is struggling to manage bipolar disorder. His recent turn toward anti-Semitism also follows the launch of his second presidential campaign.

It isn’t clear how long Ye’s account will be locked, but the rapper posted a screenshot indicating it was a temporary ban with nearly 12 hours remaining at the time, BuzzFeed News reported.

After his Twitter account was locked, Ye made his first post on the Donald Trump-founded social media site Truth Social, saying, “Standing in truth with two Jan 6ers as we speak.”

Ye on Thursday also posted an unflattering shirtless photo of Twitter CEO Elon Musk, writing: “Let’s always remember this as my final tweet,” according to the New York Post.

Ye also appeared to leak text messages with Musk, who apparently texted Ye, “Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love,” referring to the Star of David swastika image, BuzzFeed News reported.

“Who made you the judge?” Ye apparently replied. Musk answered by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Musk tweeted Thursday night that the rapper was “being suspended for incitement to violence.” To the shirtless photo, Musk replied, “That is fine,” while to the Star of David swastika, he replied, “This is not.”

In a separate reply to a user saying “ELON FIX KANYE PLEASE,” Musk said, “I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”

Ye’s account was first locked on Oct. 10, following a nearly two-year hiatus from the platform, after saying he would go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.” His account was restored on Nov. 21. Musk, who has promised a “general amnesty” on banned accounts, said he had nothing to do with the reactivation.

Before Musk took control of Twitter, he said he talked to Ye and “expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart,” possibly referring to the “death con 3” post.