Yes’s Twitter account was suspended again on Friday for violating the social media platform’s rules on “incitement to violence,” CEO Elon Musk said.
The rapper, formerly known as Kanye West, appeared to post an image of a swastika, a symbol for the Nazis, within a Star of David, a prominent symbol of Judaism.
Musk said he “tried his best” in response to Yes’s tweet, which can no longer be viewed. “Nevertheless, he again violated our policy against incitement to violence. The account will be suspended.”
Yes’s tweet came after he made anti-Semetic comments in an interview with controversial radio host Alex Jones on Thursday. Referring to “the Jewish media,” Ye said he saw “good things about Hitler” in an hour-long conversation with the conspiracy theorist.
In October, Twitter suspended Yes’s account indefinitely after a spate of anti-Semitic comments that escalated into threatening and hateful comments about Jews. He returned to Twitter in November.
Following his suspension in October, Ye agreed to buy conservative social media company Parler.
“In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we must ensure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” he said in a statement released by Parler at the time. But on Thursday, Parler said his deal, which is set to be bought by Ye, has been cancelled.
The billionaire Tesla CEO, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” notes that the limits of that were tested in his early days as a Twitter owner.
Musk has attempted sweeping changes in the early days of his tenure, including laying off much of Twitter’s workforce and launching a $8-a-month “verified” service that allows users to purchase the coveted blue tick.
However, Twitter was forced to pause its subscription service after users abused it by paying the fee to get a blue check and then impersonating celebrities.
Musk said last week that the “Verified” service would be restarted with different-colored ticks on Friday, but there was no update on whether that’s still the case.