Updated Dec 2, 2022 at 1:32am ET
Chirping suspended account for Ye, the rapper and mogul formerly known as Kanye West, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Friday. The move came after the rapper posted an image of a swastika depicted inside a Star of David on Twitter.
“I did my best,” Musk said in a tweets. “Despite this, he again violated our rule against inciting violence. The account will be suspended”. The entertainer’s Twitter account recognized which has been “suspended”.
The announcement of the suspension on Twitter came after a potential deal between Ye and Parler fell through. The conservative social media platform confirmed in a statement to NPR that it has concluded a previous deal sell the site to Ye, the rapper and mogul formerly known as Kanye West.
“This decision was made in the interests of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future growth opportunities and platform evolution for our vibrant community,” according to a spokesperson for the network’s parent company, Parlement Technologies.
Ye has been widely condemned for repeatedly making anti-Semitic remarks, including said “I like Hitler” and Holocaust denial in an appearance Thursday on an alt-right show hosted by Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who he owes more than a billion dollars for damages to parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims.
The Ye-Parler affair was expected to close by the end of the year.
Before signing the now-broken deal, Parler had been desperately looking for a buyer to help bail out the company, which has been financially struggling for months, according to a person close to the company.
It’s not clear whether Ye’s anti-Semitism had anything to do with the takeover’s failure, but the person said Ye’s growing isolation in the business world was a factor.
Parler became a hit with former President Trump’s fans after the 2020 presidential election, as right-wing critics saw him as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. He was a key organizing location for some of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Photo and video to Talk about the violence of that day, leading Apple and Amazon to cut ties with the platform.
Since then, Parler has struggled to survive amid a declining user base and growing competition in the right-wing social media world. Other alternative networks, including Trump’s Truth Social site, have sought to become the go-to alternative to Twitter. The increasingly crowded field also includes the Gab and Gettr sites.
Parler has 40,000 daily active users, according to data from analytics firm Apptopia. Twitter, by comparison, has more than 200 million.
You searched for Parler after it was previously forbidden from Twitter, but also from Instagram, for his anti-Semitic posts. Musk had reinstated Ye’s Twitter account in November before Friday’s suspension.
You were too condemned for meeting with white nationalist, Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last week.
In October, Adidas pulled Ye from its clothing line after the former rapper made a fuss anti-Semitic comments.
NPR’s Bobby Allyn contributed to this report.