New Twitter CEO Elon Musk has banned Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from Twitter for 12 hours after the rapper posted a series of controversial tweets.
The last straw came when Ye posted an image that appeared to be a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David, a religious symbol of Judaism, and indicated it would be used as a logo for his 2024 presidential campaign.
“I did my best. Despite that, you again violated our rule against incitement to violence,” Musk wrote in response to the since-deleted tweet. “Account will be suspended.”
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Just before his account was suspended Thursday night, Ye tweeted an unflattering image of a shirtless Musk aboard a yacht with Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel spraying him with a hose, writing: “Let’s always remember This as my last tweet.”
Musk responded to the image to clarify that Ye was being banned from the social media platform for violating Twitter’s rules, and not the image.
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“Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering image of me being told off by Ari,” Musk wrote.
He further quipped, “Frankly, I found those photos to be helpful motivation to lose weight.”
Musk previously tweeted at Ye, encouraging him not to respond critically to others and pointing him to the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.
“Jesus taught love, kindness and forgiveness,” Musk said Wednesday. “I used to think that turning the other cheek was weak and foolish, but I was a fool not to appreciate his profound wisdom.”
Musk reinstated Ye’s Twitter account after taking control of the company following its $44 billion acquisition.
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The billionaire tech mogul has also welcomed other notable figures such as former President Donald Trump, who has yet to accept the offer.