Elon Musk reinstates Kanye West

Kanye West’s Twitter account has been reinstated after an almost eight-month ban over offensive tweets.

The rapper’s account now shows his last post from 1 December, a day prior to when his account was suspended on platform X – the new name owner Elon Musk has given Twitter.

West, who legally changed his name to Ye, will not be eligible to monetise his account on X, and advertisements will not 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, hours after he praised Hitler and made antisemitic jokes in an interview with the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

X reinstated Ye’s account after receiving reassurance that he would not 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.

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Musk had previously reinstated former US President Donald Trump’s account after conducting a poll in which some 14.8 million Twitter users had voted with 51.8% voting in favour of the reinstatement.

But Mr Trump had said that he had no interest in returning to Twitter and would stick with his new platform Truth Social.

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