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Twitter: Elon Musk Suspends Kanye West for ‘Inciting Violence’

After the publication of the image of the swastika, the artist broke into a tirade proclaiming his admiration for Hitler, as well as nonsense about sin, pornography and the devil.

You can define yourself as a 100% champion of free speech, but it still turns out that proclaiming your admiration for Hitler or mixing a Star of David and a swastika in a drawing is already too much. On Friday, Elon Musk announced that he had once again suspended Kanye West’s Twitter account, which had become increasingly isolated following a series of anti-Semitic remarks.

“I did my best,” the social media boss said in a tweet. But despite this, he again violated the rules on incitement to violence.

The self-declared 2024 U.S. presidential candidate, the rapper went a little deeper Thursday, confessing his admiration for Hitler and the Nazis during an interview with a conspiratorial American anchor. In a bizarre way, the artist, who now calls himself E and wore a black balaclava that covered his entire face, launched into a tirade about sin, pornography and the devil.

“I also see the positive side of Hitler,” said far-right conspirator Alex Jones, a controversialist on the set of Infowars. This guy […] invented the highway, invented the microphone that I use as a musician. You can’t publicly say that this person did something right and I’m sick of it.”

Kanye West, stuck in a string of controversies, has been sidelined in recent weeks by the brands he has partnered with. Sports equipment manufacturer Adidas notably cut ties with the rapper in late October over remarks that were deemed anti-Semitic. Ready-to-wear chain Gap and fashion house Balenciaga also turned their backs on him. In early October, the rapper displayed the slogan “White Lives Matter” during a parade in Paris, stealing the name of the anti-racism movement Black Lives Matter.

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