After an extended period of silence, Kanye West's Twitter presence has been restored. The American hip-hop artist, now recognized by his moniker 'Ye', found his account suspended for nearly eight months due to controversial and offensive content which allegedly incited violence, violating the platform's regulations.
Elon Musk, the platform's owner who recently rebranded the site as 'X', initially suspended West's account back in December 2022. Ye's account now visibly displays his final post from December 1, 2022, only a day before his suspension took place.
Musk justified the action at that time, stating that Ye had broken their rules against promoting violence.
Offensive Posts Trigger Suspension
The suspension was prompted by a series of disturbing tweets from the rapper, one of which featured an image that disturbingly amalgamated a swastika and the Star of David.
This followed a prior ban only two months earlier when Ye was first barred from his Twitter and Instagram accounts after circulating anti-Semitic messages. In response to these offensive posts, both platforms decisively removed his content.
October also saw renowned sportswear brand Adidas sever ties with the controversial rapper. The company made a clear statement that it "does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other sort of hate speech". In a further development, Ye faced a 24-hour suspension from Instagram in March of last year after making a racially charged remark towards South African comedian, Trevor Noah.
In spite of these controversies, X's parent company and its enigmatic owner, Elon Musk, have remained publicly silent on the reinstatement of Ye's account this past Saturday. Musk demonstrated similar discretion when he reinstated former US President Donald Trump's account in November last year, following a close public poll where 51.8% voted in favor of Trump's return. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Trump revealed he had no intention of returning to the platform.