Elon Musk’s troubling, nascent imaginative and prescient for Twitter was on full show this weekend after the SpaceX and Tesla CEO strode into the middle of a content material moderation controversy created by Kanye West, who now goes by Ye.
West popped up on Twitter Friday night time for the primary time since November 2020, tweeting “Take a look at this Mark, The way you gone kick me off instagram” with a blurry picture of himself and Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg singing karaoke. The corporate confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Instagram certainly eliminated content material from West’s account and positioned restrictions on it following repeated coverage violations. Whereas West’s account was nonetheless seen on Sunday, it’s possible frozen from posting new content material briefly.
West’s latest Instagram posts are all screenshots of texts, and the publish that broke Instagram’s guidelines seems to have been a dialog with Sean “Diddy” Combs by which he invoked antisemitic tropes, accusing the opposite musician of being managed by “the Jewish folks.”
Future Twitter proprietor Elon Musk shortly swept in to welcome West again to the platform, regardless of the troubled artist’s very latest expressions of antisemitism.
West seems to have interpreted Musk’s heat welcome as a inexperienced gentle, elaborating on his antisemitic conspiracies in a tweet solely 12 hours later. “I’m a bit sleepy tonight however once I get up I’m going demise [sic] con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” West tweeted on Saturday night time. ” … You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anybody whoever opposes your agenda.”
Regardless of Musk’s stamp of approval, Twitter eliminated the tweet, which invoked anti-Jewish stereotypes typically espoused by white supremacists and locked West’s account “because of a violation of Twitter’s insurance policies,” a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.
Simply earlier than sowing chaos on Instagram and Twitter, West stirred up controversy at Paris style week, debuting a brand new line in a pop-up warehouse present that included a shirt with the phrase “White Lives Matter.” The incident instantly pitted West once more a lot of the style trade, which spoke out in opposition to him and defended Vogue Editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who West attacked for criticizing his stunt as “deeply offensive, violent and harmful.”