Musk, CEO of Tesla, tweeted his welcome to Kanye West “back to Twitter” on Saturday, after the musician switched social media platforms for the first time since 2020 after Instagram restrictions were imposed on him.
In a photo with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, West wrote: “Here’s Mark, have a look at him. Please explain how you plan to permanently delete my Instagram account.”
“Welcome Back to Twitter, Dear Friend,” Musk said.
Instagram, which is owned by Meta, told Insider that it had restricted West’s account and removed some of his posts for breaking the app’s terms of service, but gave no other information.
The spokesman noted that accounts that consistently violate the platform’s community guidelines may be temporarily banned from posting, commenting, and sending direct messages. Meta refused to say what rules West broke or why some posts were removed from his account.
West and Musk have been pals since at least 2011. The billionaire technology tycoon has lauded the artist’s work and said that he is one of his main influences. Contrarily, the connection between Musk and Zuckerberg is less stable.
Disputes between the two internet titans date back to 2016 when a Facebook satellite was destroyed by a nearby SpaceX rocket accident. Musk is the CEO and one of the co-founders of SpaceX.
Musk likened Zuckerberg to a king in April, saying that the Facebook founder’s control of Meta shares was something he would like to avoid if he acquired Twitter.
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Ye’s Instagram Access Has Been Disabled.
A spokesman for Meta told many media outlets that West’s account had been restricted and his content had been erased because he had broken Instagram’s rules.
NBC claimed that West had posted a message that was later deleted and was interpreted as anti-Semitic by some groups; however, the spokesman did not identify which rules had been broken.
Ye captioned a screenshot of a conversation he claims to have had with Sean “Diddy” Combs “Jesus is a Jew.”
The message from Ye seemed to show him making the old anti-Semitic accusation that the Jews were running things in Combs.
Ye’s interview on Fox News, in which he repeated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, is what sparked the uproar. Ye made these claims against the Jewish Jared Kushner in an interview, suggesting that Kushner was acting as an agent of Israel for financial gain.
This is not the first time Instagram has banned West. He had a day of his account suspended in March for breaking the site’s rules against bullying and harassment.