Correction: An earlier version of this article stated in the headline that Elon Musk restored Kanye’s account, but later it was revealed by Musk on twitter that it was done before his purchase of the company.
A day after billionaire Elon Musk took control of the social media business after his $44 billion transaction, rapper Kanye West’s Twitter profile looked to be back up on the network after having been removed last week for making anti-Semitic statements, Reuters reports.
The musician now known as ‘Ye’ was banned from Twitter and Instagram by Meta Platforms (META.O) last month after users complained about anti-Semitic content posted by the rapper.
In recent months, Ye, who has more than 30 million Twitter followers, has stirred controversy by publicly severing big business tie-ups and making rants on social media against other celebs.
Musk welcomed Ye back to Twitter on October 8 with the message “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!” after Ye posted there for the first time in two years after Instagram had banned him.
Musk took control of Twitter yesterday evening and Parag Agrawal, the CEO, Ned Segal, the CFO, and Vijaya Gadde, the head of legal policy, trust, and safety, were all immediately let go. The three executives, according to these sources, were reportedly escorted out of the building without any fanfare.
Elon has assured advertisers in an open letter that the firm would not devolve into a “free-for-all hellscape” after he assumes control.
“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” the now official “Chief Twit” wrote on the platform.
“There is currently a great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society,” he added.
He also promised to restore former President Trump’s access to Twitter, which had been suspended following the incident on the United States Capitol. Trump expressed relief on Friday that Twitter was being managed by “sane hands.”
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