Rapper Kanye West isn’t the first celebrity to be silenced on Twitter. However, if Elon Musk takes over the social network, Kanye could be the last case of Twitter banishment.
This weekend, the rapper Kanye West, who is used to controversial media outlets, had his Twitter account locked after posting an anti-Semitic tweet, which has since been deleted. His Instagram account is also restricted.
Kanye West, who now goes by ‘Ye’, posted on Twitter: ‘Tonight I’m pretty tired but when the Jews wake up there’s going to be ‘Deth con 3’,” apparently Kanye missed the spelling of military term ” DEFCON”. The rapper also wrote: “The funny thing is that I can’t be accused of anti-Semitism, because black people, in fact, are also Jews. You played with me and tried to portray anyone who opposes your program as black.”
On Monday, August 10, Twitter confirmed to CNN that Kanye West’s account had been blocked for violating the social network’s rules. The tweet has since been replaced on Kanye’s account with a message from the platform saying, “This tweet violated Twitter’s rules.”
The social media platform did not specify which rule or policies were violated, but Twitter guidelines prohibit the posting of hateful content. Twitter has also not confirmed how long Kanye West’s account will be locked or when the rapper will be able to tweet again. The social network’s decision to mute Kanye comes days after Instagram, which is owned by Meta, also restricted the rapper’s account for violating its terms of service.
In good company”
Kanye West is certainly not the first celebrity to be banned from Twitter. Courtney Love may have been the first to be suspended from the platform in January 2011. However, she was allowed to create a new account.
The rapper Azealia Bankspolitical activist Milo Yiannopoulosthe rightmost radio host Alex Jones and former president donald trump are just some of the famous people who have been banned from Twitter.
However, it seems that if the sale of the platform to Elon Musk continues, there is a possibility that the service will be less strict. The billionaire, who considers himself an absolutist of free speech, could change Twitter and loosen the rules dramatically.
If so, Kanye West could be one of the last, if not the last, celebrities to face such a ban or other timeout.
“It’s completely reasonable,” said Scott Steinbergbrand media consultant and social media expert.
Last week, Elon Musk tweeted his views on how to resolve the war in Ukraine. He also suggested that Taiwan should be reunited with mainland China under certain conditions. So, with Elon Musk at the helm, Twitter could become an even more extreme platform.
“Celebrities can have free rein, no matter how extreme or outlandish their statements,” warns Scott Steinberg.
Downtime is necessary
In many ways, “time out” through suspension can be used as a necessary switch for contentious discussions, suggested Scott Steinberg.
“A number of public figures could benefit from some time,” he explained. “We need to understand that words have meaning. While freedom of speech should be celebrated, there are many things that should not be said as much. We should try to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes before making statements that could easily hurt others. »
Translated article from Forbes US – Author: Peter Suciu
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