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Musk's X social media platform reinstates Kanye West's account

Published Jul 29, 2023 06:37PM ET
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(Reuters) - Social media platform X reinstated account of Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, on Saturday, after it was suspended nearly eight months ago because the rapper had violated the platform's rules prohibiting incitement to violence.

Ye's account now shows his last post from Dec. 1, a day prior to when his account was suspended on platform X, the new name owner Elon Musk has given Twitter.

Ye won't be eligible to monetize his account on X, and advertisements won't appear next to his posts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing the social media platform.

Ye's account was suspended in December, just two months after it was reinstated, after one of his posts had earlier appeared to show a swastika symbol inside a Star of David.

X reinstated Ye's account after receiving reassurance that he wouldn't use the platform to share antisemitic or otherwise harmful language, the report said, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Ye has not posted anything new since coming back on the platform.

The social media platform did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

The billionaire owner of X, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, had welcomed the return of the rapper to the platform in October, after his account was reinstated for the first time.

Musk had previously reinstated former U.S. President Donald Trump's account after conducting a poll in which some 14.8 million Twitter users had voted with 51.8% voting in favor of the reinstatement. But Trump had said that he had no interest in returning to Twitter and would stick with his new platform Truth Social.

After Ye went on a string of antisemitic rants in interviews and on social media he lost his partnership with Adidas (OTC:ADDYY) and Gap for Yeezy products.

Musk's X social media platform reinstates Kanye West's account
 

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Derick Lim
Derick Lim Jul 30, 2023 6:34PM ET
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Good marketing moves.... controversy attract crowds.....every site are so busy now commenting about it......
Tom Saltzman
Tom Saltzman Jul 30, 2023 4:55AM ET
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Freedom of speech exposes those with racist, deplorable, and bigoted views for whom they truly are. Why do lefties always want to cancel, and silence these folks, basically protecting them?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 30, 2023 4:55AM ET
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Musk is a lefty?
Tom Saltzman
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Brad Albright  He voted for a Democrat. I don't think conservatives would do that.
Derick Lim
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X rated
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Whatever possessed him to name it X lol. Tweet was a good thing. X is what you do to get rid of annoying and pesky ads and popups.
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'ye' a sad, confused individual...
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Economic indicators suggest moderate growth.
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International trade agreements impact markets around the world.
 
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