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Kanye West suspended on Twitter, will no longer buy Parler

Rapper Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, is again suspended on Twitter after posting an image of a swastika inside a Star of David. His deal with Parler is also off following a controversial interview in which he said “I like Hitler.”

Twitter CEO Elon Musk confirmed he booted Ye from the social media platform, saying the rapper violated the rule against the incitement of violence.

Ye posted an offensive image that blended the swastika and the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism, just hours after his interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, in which he praised Hitler and the Nazis.

Ye also tweeted an unflattering picture of Musk half-naked on a yacht, saying: “Let’s always remember this as my final tweet.”

Musk replied to both, saying “that is fine” to the yacht tweet and “this is not” to a swastika post. The latter was soon deleted, followed by a suspension of the account.

“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended,” Musk tweeted.

Ye was last locked out of his Twitter account in October, also for posting anti-Semitic content. He returned to Twitter on 21 November, following Musk’s takeover of the social platform – even though the tech billionaire said the decision to reinstate the account was made beforehand.

Hours after Ye’s controversial interview with Jones and just before he was suspended on Twitter, the right-wing social media platform Parler announced that the deal in which the rapper would buy the company was off.

It said a mutual agreement was reached to terminate the deal and noted it was made before Ye’s anti-Semitic statements this week.

“This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November,” Parler said, adding that it will “continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”

Ye offered to buy the self-styled “free speech” alternative to mainstream platforms in October. Parlement Technologies, which owns the social network, touted it as “a monumental new chapter” for the platform popular with conservatives and the far right.

A range of companies cut ties with Ye over his anti-Semitic remarks, including his talent agency and Adidas, which also launched an investigation into his conduct. According to Forbes, losing a lucrative contract with Adidas has made Ye a “billionaire no more.”

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