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Elon Musk has suspended rapper Kanye West from Twitter after reinstating his account a few weeks ago. The decision came after some controversial tweets from the rapper that led to a response from Musk and the banishment of West, though no timeframe was given for West’s banishment.
“Ok…enough. This man does not belong on any social media platform. (Not naive enough to think anyone is going to do anything about it),” journalist Yashar Ali said in response to one of West’s tweets.
This man does not belong on any social media platform.
(Not naive enough to think anyone is going to do anything about it) pic.twitter.com/5YXmLrDn9v
— Yashar Ali 🐘 یاشار (@yashar) December 2, 2022
“Well everyone, we had a nice run,” he said in another tweet that showed a text message conversation he had with Musk after his tweet.
“Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love,” the Twitter CEO said.
“Who made you the judge[?]” West said to Musk.
In his final tweet the rapper showed an image of someone squirting an overweight Musk with a hose that he captioned, “Let’s always remember this as my final tweet #ye24.”
Kanye just shared a text from moments ago from what appears to be Elon Musk to him saying:
“Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love.”
To which Kanye apparently responded:
“Who made you the judge” pic.twitter.com/Ziky3WQYYJ
— Geoff Pilkington (@geoffpilkington) December 2, 2022
Does this mean the bromance between Kanye West and Elon Musk is over? 👀 pic.twitter.com/cEIJ54TBox
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) December 2, 2022
This week Musk announced that he met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and the two talked about some important things. It came after many had called for Apple to remove Twitter from the App Store after Musk became CEO.
“Thanks @tim_cook for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ,” he said in a tweet showing scenery from the tech giant’s headquarters.
“Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” he said.
Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 30, 2022
Musk announced on Monday that Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter, which would make it one of the most high-profile companies to pull ads from the social media platform.
“Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?,” Musk said in a tweet. He later tagged Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s Twitter account in another tweet, asking “what’s going on here?”
“The move aligns the iPhone maker with a rising list of firms from General Mills Inc to luxury automaker Audi of America that have stopped or paused advertising on Twitter since the billionaire’s $44 billion buyout last month,” Reuters reported.
“Musk said ‘yes’ in response to a user question on whether Apple was threatening Twitter’s presence in the App Store or making moderation demands. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment,” the outlet added.
What’s going on here @tim_cook?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Musk continues to make changes to the platform, including unbanning previously suspended users and implementing free speech policies, he is also laying down the law, so to speak.
On Sunday, for instance, he warned a key figure in then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment that he could be subject to enforcement action for violating the platform’s terms of service.
Musk responded to a post from former National Security Council figure and retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who posted: “Kinda weird that @elonmusk gets to decide how like a half-billion people communicate. Way too much power for one erratic individual to wield, don’t you think?”
Kinda weird that @elonmusk gets to decide how like a half-billion people communicate. Way too much power for one erratic individual to wield, don’t you think?
— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) November 27, 2022
Almost immediately, other users pointed out that Vindman tweeted the same message as many other accounts.
BLEEP BLOOP KINDA WEIRD THAT @ELONMUSK GETS TO DECIDE HOW LIKE A HALF-BILLION PEOPLE COMMUNICATE BLEEP. WAY TOO MUCH POWER FOR ONE ERRATIC INDIVIDUAL TO WEILD, DON'T YOU THINK BLOOP? pic.twitter.com/IB4qfuTZM8
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 27, 2022
That led Musk to respond: “They’re bots in human form,” while adding this warning: “Note, spamming, whether done by a set of humans or bots is against ToS.”
Note, spamming, whether done by a set of humans or bots is against ToS
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2022
He then wrote: “Vindman is both puppet & puppeteer. Question is who pulls his strings … ?”
Another user noted, “And they’re all echoing Alexander Vindman.”
That led Musk to reply: “Like digital ventriloquist dolls.”
“Hating on elon musk full time seems like a really pathetic hobby,” added another user.
The Twitter boss replied: “They won’t give up controlling the narrative easily.”
Musk tore into Democrats this week after a few appeared to threaten him with investigations after he took over the social media platform. Musk went after those who he described as “major Democrat politicians” for “coordinated” attacks against him, Fox News reported.
Musk responded on Twitter to a tweet from user Jason Debolt, who pointed out how Democrat lawmakers have recently begun to attack Musk, noting that the billionaire had not inserted himself into political debates and issues beforehand.
“Elon wasn’t super political on Twitter until Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren started attacking him for no reason. Then others followed. Of all the dudes they could have attacked, they chose the guy most capable of helping government solve problems. Strange choice,” Debolt tweeted.
Musk responded in agreeance and suggested that those Democrats were just “actors on the political stage.”
Several other major Democrat politicians attacked me too, all around the same time. It was coordinated.
Outside of party leadership and independents like Manchin, they are essentially actors on the political stage, not directors or script writers.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2022
“Several other major Democrat politicians attacked me too, all around the same time. It was coordinated. Outside of party leadership and independents like Manchin, they are essentially actors on the political stage, not directors or script writers,” Musk tweeted.