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Twitter Suspends Kanye West Account For Anti-Semitic Comment

By Chinelo Eze
10 October 2022   |   11:02 am
This weekend, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, was at the centre of a content moderation issue started by Kanye West, now known as Ye. For the first time since November 2020, West appeared on Twitter on Friday night. He tweeted, "Look at this Mark, How you going kick me off Instagram," along…

US rapper Kanye West (C), attends the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2023 fashion show during the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week, in Paris, on October 2, 2022. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP)

This weekend, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, was at the centre of a content moderation issue started by Kanye West, now known as Ye.

For the first time since November 2020, West appeared on Twitter on Friday night. He tweeted, “Look at this Mark, How you going kick me off Instagram,” along with a fuzzy picture of himself and Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg performing karaoke.

The business acknowledged to The Hollywood Reporter that Instagram had actually restricted and removed content from West’s account as a result of multiple rules violations. Even if West’s account was still accessible on Sunday, it is temporarily blocked from publishing new content.

The post that violated Instagram’s rules appears to have been a conversation between West and Sean “Diddy” Combs in which West invoked anti-semitic tropes and claimed that the other musician was under the control of “the Jewish people.” West’s most recent Instagram posts are all screenshots of texts.

Elon Musk, the future owner of Twitter, promptly intervened to welcome West back to the service despite the controversial artist’s most recent anti-Semitic remarks.

Musk’s gracious greeting seemed to have given West permission to continue, since West merely elaborated on his anti-semitic conspiracy in a tweet twelve hours later. On Saturday night, West tweeted, “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death [sic] con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” West tweeted on Saturday night. “… You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

Despite Musk’s endorsement, Twitter took down the message that referred to anti-Jewish stereotypes frequently expressed by white nationalists and locked West’s account “due to a violation of Twitter’s policy,” a Twitter representative told TechCrunch.

West caused controversy during Paris Fashion Week by introducing a new line in a pop-up warehouse exhibition that featured a shirt with the message “White Lives Matter” just before causing havoc on Instagram and Twitter.

A significant portion of the fashion industry immediately opposed West after the event and spoke out in favor of Vogue Editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, whom West had assaulted for calling his prank “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous.”