Kanye West was again banned from Twitter and charged with ‘incitement to violence’ for offensive tweets – a month after his account was reactivated.
The American rapper, who now goes by the name Ye, posted a series of erratic tweets – one of which appeared to show a symbol combining a swastika and a Jewish star.
New Twitter boss Elon Musk has been told by a user to ‘fix Kanye’.
Musk tweeted that West “violated our rule against inciting violence.”
“Account will be suspended,” Musk wrote in a Twitter post.
Also Thursday, during an interview with American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and face covered with a mask, West praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and denounced sin, pornography and the devil.
For years, West has stirred up controversy online and offline with anti-Semitic and racist remarks.
West was initially banned from his Twitter and Instagram accounts after posting anti-Semitic messages in October. Both platforms deleted West’s posts that accused rapper Diddy of being controlled by Jews, claiming the star violated policies on hate speech.
The posts came in response to a backlash against his show at Paris Fashion Week, where he wore a t-shirt with the slogan “White Lives Matter.”
The Anti-Defamation League called his expression “hate speech” and attributed it to white supremacists, who started using it in 2015 in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In 2018, singer Will.i.am led a backlash against West after he claimed the enslavement of African Americans over centuries may have been a “choice” – remarks he later tried to clarify.
His latest Twitter ban comes hours after the right-wing social media platform Parler – which styles itself as a “free speech” alternative to mainstream platforms – said West could no longer buy the firm.
In a statement, Parlement Technologies said: “The company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale.”
The firm – which runs the much smaller platform, popular with conservatives and the far right – said the decision was made in mid-November.
“Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community,” the firm said in its statement.
Musk took control over Twitter in October and immediately embarked on a series of radical changes within the social media giant – including lifting the bans on controversial accounts.
He has clarified that he had no role in bringing Ye back on Twitter.
West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder years ago and has publicly spoken about his challenges with his mental health.
However, medical experts and people who share West’s condition have warned that mental health problems do not go hand-in-hand with anti-Semitism