Twitter Suspends Ye’s Twitter Account, Elon Musk Says “I Tried My Best”

Twitter via Souvik Banerjee - Unsplash
Twitter via Souvik Banerjee - Unsplash

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

The rapper, formerly known as Kanye West, posted an image of a swastika — a symbol synonymous with the Nazis — inside a Star of David, a symbol of Judaism.

Musk said he “tried his best” in response to Ye’s tweet, which can no longer be viewed. “Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”

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Ye’s tweet came shortly after he made comments in an interview with the 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 suspended Ye’s account for an unspecified amount of time following a string of what Twitter described as antisemitic remarks, which escalated into threatening and hateful comments about Jewish people. He returned to Twitter in November.

“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” he said in a statement released by Parler at the time. But on Thursday, Parler said its deal to be bought by Ye has been called off.