Kanye West’s Twitter account was suspended early Friday morning after Elon Musk stated it violated the platform’s guidelines on inciting violence.
“I attempted my finest. Regardless of that, he once more violated our rule in opposition to incitement to violence. Account will probably be suspended,” Musk tweeted in a reply.
CNN couldn’t verify which particular tweet prompted West’s suspension. Nonetheless, earlier within the night, West — who has legally modified his identify to Ye — tweeted an altered picture of the Star of David with a swastika inside.
The tweet follows a sequence of antisemitic feedback made by West in latest months, which have destroyed enterprise offers by which the musician was concerned — corresponding to a partnership with Adidas.
In late October, West addressed the antisemitic feedback — in addition to what he’s stated about George Floyd’s demise and Black Lives Matter — in a rambling 16-minute video shared by WmgLab Data on YouTube and seemingly recorded sooner or later after Adidas ended its enterprise relationship with him.
Within the video, West didn’t apologize for his antisemitic remarks however appeared to attempt to distance himself from any “hate group.”
“I’ve no affiliation to any hate group,” West stated as he closed his remarks in prayer. “If any hate occurs upon any Jewish particular person, it isn’t related (gestures to himself) as a result of I’m demanding that everybody stroll in love.”
CNN has beforehand reported that a number of individuals who have been as soon as near West stated that he has lengthy been fascinated by Adolf Hitler — and as soon as wished to call an album after the Nazi chief. A enterprise govt who labored for West instructed CNN that the artist created a hostile work atmosphere, partially by means of his “obsession” with Hitler.
This isn’t the primary time West has run afoul of Twitter. In October, earlier than Musk accomplished the deal to purchase the social media platform, Twitter locked West’s account over an antisemitic tweet.
– CNN’s Elizabeth Wolfe, Chloe Melas and Dan Heching contributed to this report