Elon Musk likes Kanye West’s ‘Shalom’ tweet following anti-Semitic tirades

Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, resumed posting on Twitter on Sunday and immediately sparked controversy – and a “like” from the platform’s owner and CEO, Elon Musk – by tweeting “shalom” next to a smiling face.

Ye’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were locked last month after he violated their policies by posting anti-Semitic content. Twitter deleted a post from the artist that said he was “going to die f*** 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE”, among other alarming comments. A few days earlier, he had worn a shirt emblazoned with the divisive phrase “White Lives Matter.” The episode prompted several companies to sever ties with Ye, including his talent agency, Adidas, Gap, Balenciaga and Foot Locker.

Ye’s Twitter account was later restored, but he had been inactive on the platform since early November when he said he was on a 30-day “verbal fast”.

On Sunday, following Musk’s decision to reinstate several suspended Twitter accounts, Ye tweeted for the first time in weeks, writing: “Testing Testing See if my Twitter is unblocked. In response to this tweet, Musk wrote, “Don’t kill what you hate. Keep what you love.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company reportedly removed its communications service.

Several hours later, Ye followed up with a second tweet that read “Shalom,” the Hebrew word for peace used by Jewish people as greetings and farewell greetings.

Although the rapper drew immediate backlash for appearing to shine some light on recent controversies, his tweet won the support of the platform’s CEO, who liked it within minutes of posting it.

Ye repeatedly doubled down on his anti-Semitic rhetoric in the weeks following his “death con 3” tweet and refused to sincerely apologize.

Several people who had worked with him over the past decade have also come forward to allege that, behind the scenes, the rapper has been making anti-Semitic statements for years.

According to NBC News, a former employee received a settlement from Ye after he allegedly praised Adolf Hitler and the Nazis at business meetings. Another corporate executive who worked for Ye and also received a settlement told CNN the entertainer had an “obsession” with the Nazi leader. Ye denied the allegations of the two employees.

Musk, who completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter last month, on Saturday unlocked the account of former President Donald Trump, who was banned after inciting the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Musk previously said he wouldn’t allow any suspended users to return to the site until the company establishes procedures on how to do so, including forming a “content moderation board.” However, he restored Trump’s account after posting a “yes” or “no” poll.




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