Kanye West Returns to Twitter After Hiatus

The rapper, now going by the name Ye, had his account locked in October after making antisemitic comments that the company said violated its policies

Kanye West poses before Christian Dior 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris.
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Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, appears to have returned to Twitter more than a month after his Twitter account was locked over offensive and antisemitic posts that the social media company said it violated its policies.

Since Ye's account was locked, Twitter has finalized its sale to CEO Elon Musk. At the time of the sale, Musk said Ye's account had already been unlocked before he took over.

Ye tweeted out "Shalom :)," the Hebrew word for peace and used as a salutation, after appearing to return to Twitter earlier in the day.

"Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked," Ye posted on his account in the middle of the day Sunday. To which Musk responded in a tweet, "Don't kill what ye hate, Save what ye love."

Ye's Twitter suspension occurred during a month of October that was filled with controversy for the rapper. First, the rapper made headlines when and political commentator Candace Owens wore "White Lives Matter" t-shirts at the runway during Paris Fashion Week. Then, after fellow rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs posted on Instagram that he did not support Ye's "White Lives Matter" shirts and urged people not to buy them, Ye responded by accusing Combs of being controlled by Jewish people.

Ye continued to post offensive and antisemitic comments on Twitter and Instagram, leading to his suspension on both platforms. His partner for his Yeezy brand, Adidas, also ended its relationship worth approximately $1.5 billion with the rapper.

In early November, NBC News reviewed documents that showed Ye paid a settlement to a former employee who alleged he had used antisemitic comments in the workplace. Furthermore, six people who have worked with Ye or witnessed him in professional settings over the past five years told NBC News that they had heard him mention conspiracy theories about Jewish people or praise Hitler.

Since Musk has taken over Twitter, the company has been in a state of chaos. Musk has conducted mass lay offs of its workforce and hate speech has risen on the platform.

The social media platform made news this past week when it reinstated former President Donald Trump after a Twitter poll tweeted out by Musk voted for the new CEO to allow the reinstatement.

Trump has yet to tweet since his reinstatement. During his suspension, Trump began his own social media company, Truth Social, which similarly allows people to post statements and thoughts like Twitter does.

Kanye West has been dropped as a client by CAA.
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