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Elon Musk suspends Ye’s Twitter account after swastika post


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

The rapper, formerly often known as Kanye West, appeared to post a picture of a swastika, a logo synonymous with the Nazis, inside a Star of David, a distinguished symbol of Judaism.

Musk said he “tried his best” in response to Ye’s tweet, which may now not be viewed. “Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will likely be suspended.”

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

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

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The billionaire Tesla CEO, who has called himself a “free speech absolutist,” is finding the bounds of that tested in his early days of owning Twitter.

‘Verified’ service

Musk has attempted to make sweeping changes in his first few days in charge, including gutting an enormous swathe of Twitter’s workforce and launching an $8 per thirty days “Verified” service that enables users to purchase the coveted blue check mark.

Twitter was forced to pause its subscription service nevertheless after users abused it by paying the fee to get a blue check then impersonating celebrities.

Musk said last week that the “Verified” service could be relaunched on Friday with different coloured check marks, but there was no update on whether this continues to be the case.

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