Twitter CEO Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s account for violating the platform’s rules.
West, also known as Ye, shared a photo of what appeared to be a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David, a Jewish religious symbol. In the post, he stated that the image would serve as the logo for his presidential campaign in 2024.
Shortly before his account was suspended on Friday morning, Ye also 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.”
In reaction, Elon Musk explained that Kanye West’s account suspension was not personal despite the personal attack. He said:
“Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering pic of me being hosed by Ari. Frankly, I found those pics to be helpful motivation to lose weight! I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence, the account will be suspended.”
Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering pic of me being hosed by Ari.
Frankly, I found those pics to be helpful motivation to lose weight!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022
This is not the first time West’s account has been suspended on Twitter. However, Musk restored his account after taking over Twitter.
Since his takeover, Musk has restored many accounts earlier suspended by Twitter for breaking its rules, including that of former U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump insists that Twitter will be used to encourage free speech.