Confusion reigned Friday over the standing of Kanye West’s Twitter account after his buddy billionaire Elon Musk accomplished his takeover of the corporate.
West’s Twitter account was publicly viewable as of Friday, sparking a number of stories that Musk had restored his account. However the rapper nonetheless hasn’t tweeted since his newest ban earlier this month.
On Friday afternoon, Musk tweeted that “Ye’s account was restored by Twitter before the acquisition. They did not consult with or inform me.”
Earlier on Friday, Musk tweeted that “Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints,” including that “No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.”
Bloomberg reporter Kurt Wagner famous the scenario had precipitated “a lot of confusion,” reporting that West by no means misplaced management of his account regardless of a brief freeze, citing unnamed sources.
“@Kanyewest was not un-banned or reinstated today. He was never banned. His account was temporarily frozen,” Wagner tweeted. “That freeze was quickly lifted weeks ago, according to two sources. He’s been able to tweet for weeks.”
Wagner’s report contradicted a separate publish from his personal outlet, which earlier stated that West’s account “appeared to be no longer suspended.”
West’s account is being carefully watched as a bellwether for a way Musk plans to deal with suspensions as Twitter’s new proprietor. West, who legally modified his title to “Ye” final 12 months, was locked out of the platform earlier this month after the rapper posted a sequence of anti-Semitic remarks.
The Publish has reached out to Twitter for remark. The rapper has greater than 31 million Twitter followers.
Musk publicly commented when West returned to the platform on Oct. 8 after a two-year hiatus, tweeting, “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!.” However West’s profile was shortly suspended after he tweeted that he would go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules,” a message on West’s web page nonetheless reads.
The latest tweets on West’s account are from Oct. 9, when he questioned the origins of cancel tradition and known as on the general public to help “Iranian youth” who have been “leading a revolution against 44 years of dictatorship.”
Musk has made it clear on a number of events that he opposes account suspensions on Twitter and different social media platforms.
Musk plans to finish the follow of everlasting bans on Twitter accounts, Bloomberg reported. He has additionally indicated he would reverse the everlasting suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account, however had but to take action as of early Friday afternoon.
A number of main manufacturers, together with Adidas and style home Balenciaga, have minimize ties with West in response to his current anti-Semitic remarks. The lack of the Adidas deal price West an estimated $1.5 billion and knocked him from the ranks of the world’s billionaires, in response to Forbes.
Within the midst of the backlash over his remarks, West introduced earlier this month that he deliberate to purchase the social media platform Parler.