Twitter has suspended the account of Ye, the rapper and mogul formerly known as Kanye West, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Friday. The move came after the rapper posted on Twitter a picture of a swastika inside the Star of David.
“I did my best,” Musk said in a tweet. “However, you have again violated our rules against incitement to violence. The account will be suspended.” The artist’s Twitter account admitted that he was “suspended”.
The announcement of the suspension on Twitter came after a potential deal between Ye and Parler was scrapped. The conservative social media platform confirmed in a statement to NPR that it was finalizing a previous deal to sell the site to Ye, the rapper and mogul formerly known as Kanye West.
“This decision was made in mid-November for the benefit of both parties. Parler will continue to look for future growth opportunities and platform development for our vibrant community,” said a spokesperson for the network’s parent company, Parler Technologies.
Yi has been widely condemned for making repeated anti-Semitic statements, including saying “I love Hitler” and denying the Holocaust in his Thursday appearance on a far-right show hosted by Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who owes more than $1 billion. . Compensation for the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
The Ye-Parler deal was expected to expire by the end of the year.
Before signing the now-defunct deal, Parler was desperate to find a buyer to help save the company, which a person close to the company says has been in financial trouble for months.
It is not clear if Ye’s anti-Semitism had anything to do with the takeover failure, but the person said that 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 when right-wing critics suggested it as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. It was a major staging site for some of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Hundreds of them posted photos and videos to 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 dwindling user base and growing competition in the right-wing social media world. Other alternative networks, including Trump’s Truth Social, have attempted to become an alternative to Twitter. The crowded field also includes the Gab and Gettr sites.
Parler has 40,000 daily active users, according to data from analytics company Apptopia. By comparison, Twitter has more than 200 million.
Yi sought out Parler after he was previously banned from Twitter and Instagram over his anti-Semitic posts. Musk reinstated Ye’s Twitter account in November before commenting on Friday.
Yee was also found guilty of meeting last week with white nationalist Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at former President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort.
In October, Adidas pulled Ye from its clothing line after the former rapper made anti-Semitic remarks.