Twitter CEO Elon Musk has suspended Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from Twitter for 12 hours after the rapper posted a series of controversial tweets.
Ye’s Twitter account reads “account suspended” early Friday morning. The account was reinstated by Musk after he took control of twitter.
Musk said he tried his best but the rapper violated the platform’s rule against incitement to violence.
The final straw came Thursday night when Ye posted a picture that appeared to be a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David, a religious symbol of Judaism. He also indicated it would be used as the logo for his 2024 presidential campaign.
“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence,” Musk wrote in response to the tweet that was removed. “Account will be suspended.”
Just before his account was suspended Thursday night, Ye tweeted out an unflattering picture of a shirtless Musk aboard a yacht with Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel spraying him with a hose, writing: “Let’s always remember this as my final tweet.”
Musk replied to the picture to clarify that Ye was being booted from the social media platform for violating Twitter’s rules – and not the picture.
“Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering picture of me being hosed by Ari,” Musk wrote.
Musk further joked: “Frankly, I found those pics to be helpful motivation to lose weight!”
On Wednesday, Musk tweeted to Ye, encouraging him not to respond critically to others and pointing him to Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament.
“Jesus taught love, kindness and forgiveness,” Musk said. “I used to think that turning the other cheek was weak & foolish, but I was the fool for not appreciating its profound wisdom.”
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.