Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, speaks with former President Donald Trump on October 11, 2018.
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Twitter discontinued the account of Ye, the rapper and mogul formerly known as Kanye West, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Friday. The move came after the rapper posted on Twitter an image of a swastika depicted inside a Star of David.
“I did the best I could,” Musk said in a cheep. “Despite that, you again violated our rule against inciting violence. The account will be suspended.” The entertainer’s Twitter account admitted that it has been “suspended”.
The suspension announcement on Twitter came after a potential deal between Ye and Parler was called off. The conservative social media platform confirmed in a statement to NPR that it ended an earlier deal to sell the site to Ye, the rapper and mogul formerly known as Kanye West.
“This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to look for future growth opportunities and platform evolution for our vibrant community,” according to a spokesperson for the network’s parent company, Parlement Technologies.
Ye has been widely condemned for repeatedly making anti-Semitic remarks, including saying “I like Hitler” and denying the Holocaust. in an appearance Thursday on a far-right show hosted by Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who owes more than $1 billion in damages to the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.
The Ye-Parler deal was previously supposed to close by the end of the year.
Before signing the now-collapsed deal, Parler had been desperately searching for a buyer to help save the company, which has been in financial trouble for months, according to a person close to the company.
It’s not clear if Ye’s anti-Semitism had anything to do with the acquisition’s failure, but the person said Ye’s isolation in the business world was a factor.
Parler became a hit with fans of former President Trump after the 2020 presidential election, as right-wing critics pitched it as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. It was a key organizing site for some of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Hundreds of them posted photos and videos on Parler of the violence that day, prompting Apple and Amazon to cut ties with the platform.
Since then, Parler has struggled to survive amid a declining user base and growing competition in the right-wing world of social media. Other alternative networks, including Trump’s Truth Social site, have tried to become the alternative to Twitter. The increasingly crowded field also includes the Gab and Gettr sites.
Parler has 40,000 daily active users, according to data from analytics company Apptopia. Twitter, by comparison, has over 200 million.
Ye sought out Parler after previously being banned from Twitter, as well as Instagram, for his anti-Semitic posts. Musk had reinstated Ye’s Twitter account in November before the suspension on Friday.
Ye was also convicted of meeting last week with Holocaust-denying white nationalist Nick Fuentes at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
In October, Adidas removed Ye from its clothing line after the former rapper made anti-Semitic comments.
NPR’s Bobby Allyn contributed to this report.