Elon Musk announced on Friday that Kanye West has been banned from Twitter again after sharing a photo combining a Star of David and a swastika. This is the latest in a series of widely criticized anti-Semitic remarks from the rapper, and the move marks one of Musk’s red lines when it comes to content and freedom of expression on the platform.
- Kanye West, who was previously banned for anti-Semitic posts, was suspended after he shared a photo of a swastika in the Star of David, the symbol of Judaism.
- Musk, who welcomed the rapper to the platform in late November and sought to make Twitter a haven for free expression, confirmed the suspension of the rapper’s account and the deletion of his posts.
- Musk indicated that Kanye West was suspended from work for violating the “rule for incitement to violence” on Twitter, indicating that this is not the first crime he has committed.
- “I did my best,” said the Twitter owner.
The rapper has unleashed a flood of anti-Semitic comments and remarks during his appearances on national and social media in recent weeks. According to CNN, he would have a history of admiring Hitler. Kanye West, along with former President Donald Trump, was widely condemned for interviewing Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist and Holocaust denier. His behavior has already led to his removal from several social media platforms and hastened the downfall of his business empire. The Twitter ban came just hours after West praised the Nazis and Adolf Hitler in an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “I love Hitler,” West told Jones, referring to several anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. He said that the Nazis did “good things too” and that people should stop “dissecting” them all the time. “I love Jews, but I also love Nazis,” West told Jones, who defended himself against the comments. Politicians from all walks of life condemned the comments, including many Republicans. New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of the few Republicans and Jews in Congress, told Politico that West is a “mentally deranged anti-Semite” and the Republican Jewish Alliance called the interview “an appalling hotbed of dangerous, bigoted hate.” Jews. Jonathan Greenblatt, president of the Anti-Defamation League, denounced West as a “vicious anti-Semite” and said his comments were “vile”, “offensive” and “endangered Jews”.
West’s plan to buy Parler, a “free-to-talk” alternative to Twitter, failed on Thursday. The company said the decision was mutual, and CNN reported that the rapper’s struggles at work were a factor in the decision, citing a person familiar with the matter.
West posted an unflattering photo of a shirtless Musk on a yacht, writing, “Always remember this is my last tweet.” Musk said the post had no impact on the decision to suspend West’s account. “Honestly, I found these photos helpful motivation to lose weight,” he said.
198.9 billion dollars (189.8 billion euros). This is the estimated net worth of Elon Musk, according to Forbes’ real-time tracker. He bought Twitter for $44 billion (€42 billion) in October and is best known for co-founding and operating electric car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX. Forbes estimates that Kanye West’s net worth is around $400 million (€381 million). He left the billionaire rank in October after Adidas, along with other major brands, severed business ties.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Robert Hart
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