Kanye’s return to Twitter lasts one day as account is locked

By Jameelah Robinson
Bloomberg
Oct 9, 2022, 3:52 PM – Updated on Oct 9, 2022, 3:52 PM

Twitter Inc. has restricted and locked the account of billionaire musician and fashion designer Kanye West, just one day after he returned to the social media platform for the first time in nearly two years.

A spokesperson for Twitter said Sunday the account was locked due to a violation of its policies. West, now known as Ye, started posting on the site late Friday, after he was suspended from Meta Platforms Inc.’s Instagram for a now-deleted post. 

West is just the latest celebrity to test how major social media companies police speech on their platforms. Both Instagram and Twitter deleted posts from West widely criticized as anti-Semitic and locked his accounts. 

The move by Twitter to lock West’s account comes just hours after Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk welcomed the rapper back to the platform. 

Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2022

Musk, who last week said he will proceed with his offer to purchase Twitter after months of back-and-forth negotiations, has said he will prioritize free speech on Twitter and criticized its decision to ban individuals such as former President Donald Trump for violating its rules.

Musk hasn’t yet commented on the locking of West’s account.

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