Elon Musk claims Twitter restored Kanye West’s account before it was acquired

New Twitter owner Elon Musk has claimed the social media platform restored Kanye West’s account before completing its acquisition of the company.

Earlier this month, the American rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye, was banned from Twitter and Instagram for anti-Semitic posts.

Several companies, including Adidas, ended their partnerships with West after the publications, and he dropped from the Forbes billionaires list.

On Friday, Musk wrote on Twitter that people who have been banned from the social media site will not be reinstated until reviewed by a “content moderation board.”

A user asked why West’s account was restored if that was the case.

Musk replied, “Ye’s account was restored by Twitter before the acquisition.

“They didn’t consult or inform me.”

Despite Musk’s claims that the rapper’s account has been restored, West hasn’t tweeted since Oct. 9, but has been active on his Instagram for the past few days.

A spokesperson for Meta, the social media platforms’ parent company, said at the time that the rapper was locked out for posting messages that violated its policies.

Kanye West

Kanye West (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The rapper is currently in the process of buying alternative messaging platform Parler.

The site marketed itself as an unbiased platform and became popular with people banned from Twitter, also hosting prominent American conservative voices.

Following his anti-Semitic comments on social media platforms, Adidas said it was ending production of Yeezy-branded products, a fashion collaboration with West, with “immediate effect”, calling his remarks “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous”.

The severing of ties saw West lose his place on the Forbes billionaires list, with the contract with the German sportswear company worth around $1.5billion (£1.3billion), according to the business magazine American.

A completed documentary about West was also shelved and it was dropped by talent agency CAA.

Musk completed his $44bn (£38bn) takeover of the social media giant on Friday.

The acquisition of the Tesla boss had raised concerns over his support for easing content moderation and rolling back permanent bans on controversial accounts.

Musk’s latest comment on a content moderation board appears to mean there is no immediate return to Twitter for several high-profile and polarizing figures who were previously banned, including former US President Donald Trump.

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