Kanye West has been banned from Twitter after he posted a swastika and shared a personal message with Twitter owner Elon Musk. It is not entirely clear whether West was really banned for the swastika, or for the fact that he publicly shared the correspondence.
West has been placed under a ban known as a “permanent suspension” from the social media platform. This comes shortly after West did the completely inappropriate thing of appearing on The Alex Jones Show with neo-Nazi commentator Nick Fuentes, praising the Nazis and outright saying he likes Adolf Hitler.
West also made ridiculous claims that Hitler invented the microphone and highways. And while West, who legally changed his name to Ye, may have serious mental health issues, that doesn’t excuse the disgusting anti-Semitism he displays, writes Gizmodo. Bipolar disorder doesn’t make you anti-Semitic. West’s former employees recently said that he always liked Hitler.
Elon Musk, who has previously stated that he is “absolutely pro-free speech,” tweeted before banning West that it’s okay to tweet ugly shirtless photos of Musk, which West did as his “last tweet,” but it’s not okay to tweet a swastika.
“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.” Musk wrote on Twitter after West’s suspension.
“Sorry but you have gone too far. This is not love,” Musk wrote to West, according to screenshots the rapper posted before his account was suspended.
“Who made you the judge?” answered West.
Musk, who has repeatedly called West a friend, tweeted: “FAFO,” which is short for “fuck around and find out.” Jason Calacanis, the venture capitalist Musk brought in to make changes at Twitter, wrote that “rules are rules,” but it’s unclear exactly what rules West broke, as Musk has promised to allow all “legal” speech on the platform.
If the swastika itself is interpreted as an incitement to violence, it is a valid idea. However, many modern conservatives would not agree with such a decision. That is, it is quite logical that West was blocked for publishing personal correspondence. But it’s long overdue for Musk to get clear on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed on Twitter, given his recent decision to bring back several apparent nazis to the platform.