Kanye West is BACK on Twitter after being suspended for his anti-Semitic rants as Elon Musk ‘frees the bird’ and takes over platform – and vows to restore banned accounts including Trump and Roger Stone
- Kanye West has returned to Twitter after Elon Musk took control of the platform following the completion of his $44billion takeover deal
- West was kicked off the platform following a series of anti-Semitic rants on social media earlier this month
- Musk, a free-speech absolutist, previously called Kanye his friend and talked to the troubled rapper following his suspension
Kanye West’s Twitter profile, which was suspended for posting anti-Semitic remarks, is back a day after Elon Musk took ownership of the social media company.
The rapper, now known as Ye, was suspended from Twitter and Meta Platforms’ Instagram last month and the platforms removed some of his online posts that users condemned as anti-Semitic.
While West’s account is back, the rapper has yet to write a new tweet, and his anti-Semitic post remains deleted.
Musk took ownership of Twitter in a $44billion takeover with brutal efficiency on Thursday, firing top executives but providing little clarity over how he will achieve the ambitions he has outlined for the influential social media platform.
Musk, however, has been vocal in criticizing Twitter’s suspension policies, vowing to restore the accounts of prominent figures.
Among the big names booted from Twitter include Donald Trump, Roger Stone, Alex Jones, Steve Bannon and US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Celebrating his purchase of the company and new changes set to roll out, Musk tweeted: ‘The bird is freed,’ and ‘let the good times roll.’
Kanye West has returned to Twitter after Elon Musk took control of the platform following the completion of his $44billion takeover deal
The profile is up, however, anti-Semitic tweets made the rapper remain deleted
Elon Musk, pictured carrying a sink inside Twitter’s office earlier this week, has called Kanye his friend and said he spoke to the troubled rapper this month about his rants
On October 8, Musk previously tweeted ‘Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!’ when Ye posted on the platform for the first time in two years after his Instagram account was restricted.
The world’s richest man also noted that he spoke with West following his initial set of anti-Semitic rants.
‘Talked to ye today & expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart,’ Musk wrote on Twitter.
The talk didn’t appear to do much as West continued his anti-Semitic behavior.
West, who has over 30 million followers on Twitter, has courted controversy in recent months by publicly ending major corporate tie-ups and making outbursts on social media against other celebrities.
Now many are distancing themselves from the rapper, including his lawyers, and business partnerships with Balenciaga, Creative Artists Agency, TJ Maxx, Gap Footlocker and Adidas.
Musk, also the Tesla Inc CEO and a self-described free speech absolutist, has laid out goals to prevent the platform from becoming an echo chamber for hate and division.
He has also said he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former U.S. President Donald Trump, whose account was removed after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump on Friday said he was happy Twitter was in ‘sane hands.’
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier in October, Ye agreed in principle to buy Parler, the social media platform popular among U.S. conservatives.
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