Elon Musk suspends Kanye West’s Twitter account for ‘inciting violence’

Elon Musk suspends Kanye West's Twitter account for 'inciting violence'

Kanye West created controversy this week by again making anti-Semitic remarks.

Despite his commitment to free speech, it didn’t take long for Elon Musk to ban a celebrity from Twitter. He announced today that singer Kanye West has had his account suspended for “incitement to violence”.

What happened ?

The singer made headlines this week because of an interview on the Infowars show, presented by far-right conspiratorial figure Alex Jones. He launched into a jumbled tirade about Jews, sin, pornography and the devil before saying he sees “positive things also about Hitler” and add: “This man invented the highways, invented the microphone that I use as a musician. You can’t say publicly that this person did anything right and I’m sick of that. I’ve had enough of labels. Every human being has something of value to contribute, especially Hitler. » Faced with the shock of the presenter, he concluded: “We have to stop insulting the Nazis all the time. (…) I love Nazis. I love Hitler. The Holocaust is not what happened if you look at the facts, and Hitler had a lot of redeeming qualities.”

On Twitter, he also posted images of a swastika inside a Star of David, which led Elon Musk to suspend his account. Even the alternative social network Parler has given up on being bought out by Kanye West.

Elon Musk tweeted that he has “does his best” to calm Kanye West before adding: “Despite this, he again broke our rule on incitement to violence. The account will be suspended. »

Divided reactions

If the majority of people had had enough of the provocative and anti-Semitic remarks of Kanye West and consider that the sanction is justified, Elon Musk however annoyed the part of his users who had rejoiced in his takeover of Twitter for his vision of freedom. of expression, which seemed limitless, and the return of accounts like Donald Trump’s. They tried to justify by all means that the singer’s comments and tweets were not reprehensible, but Elon Musk did indeed suspend the account, repeating that it was incitement to violence.

Elon Musk’s various decisions on the suspension of certain accounts and the rehabilitation of other accounts raise questions. Donald Trump had also been suspended for inciting violence, so why bring his account back? While the many layoffs at Twitter suggested that there was not much left of the moderation services, the CEO will have to clearly post the social network’s policy on this subject in the near future so that users know what to expect. hang on. A question all the more urgent as the European Union threatens to ban the application if it does not apply the European rules on digital services (DSA).