Wednesday, 24 Apr 2024

Elon Musk says Ye suspended from Twitter after posting swastika inside the Star of David

Kanye West in Los Angeles last month. Photo: MEGA/GC Images via Getty Images

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has been suspended from Twitter after posting an image of a swastika depicted inside a Star of David on Thursday night, Elon Musk announced.

Details: The musician's account stated that it's "suspended" for violating the social media site's rules and all his previous activity was hidden as of early Friday.

The big picture: Ye posted the image hours after unleashing a barrage of antisemitic remarks during an interview with a conspiracy theorist.

  • His Twitter account was restricted in October due to antisemitic tweets that led Adidas and several other companies to drop Ye, but it was reinstated after Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter.

Of note: Civil rights groups and other advocates have raised concern over the billionaire's pledge for a "general amnesty" for suspended Twitter accounts "provided that they have not broken the law" or engaged in "egregious spam."

What he's saying: Musk responded to an image Ye posted just before his suspension of the Twitter owner topless on a yacht with Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, saying "This is fine." Of the swastika post, Musk tweeted: "This is not."

  • "Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering pic of me being hosed by Ari," Musk added in another tweet. "Frankly, I found those pics to be helpful motivation to lose weight!"

What we're watching: It was not immediately clear how long Ye would be suspended from Twitter, but Musk has said permanent bans should be only rarely issued.

Go deeper: Musk's Twitter amnesty raises new fears over online hate

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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