Kanye has been waiting to see if his Twitter account can be restored. Following a string of anti-Semitic social media posts and interviews, the rapper’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended in October.
His pages have now been restored, and new Twitter CEO Elon Musk had confirmed that Kanye’s account was restored before he took over that month.
On Sunday, Kanye returned to the network and tweeted:
“Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked.”
“Don’t kill what ye hate, Save what ye love.”
Several hours later, the “Stronger” singer tweeted “shalom,” the Hebrew word for peace that is also used as a Jewish greeting.
In early November, the 45-year-old took to Twitter to defend basketball player Kyrie Irving amid an antisemitism scandal involving the athlete.
Kanye also informed his fans that he would be observing a 30-day “verbal fast” during which he would abstain from alcohol, pornography, and sexual activity.
The rapper lost several important business partnerships due to his antisemitic remarks, including his lucrative Yeezy partnership with Adidas.
Aside from Kanye’s contentious account, Musk reactivated former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account over the weekend, nearly two years after it was deactivated.
Musk conducted a survey in which 51.8% of respondents agreed that the prohibition should be lifted.
Trump, who declared his candidacy for President in 2024 last week, has yet to post on his account but has indicated that he will continue to use his own social network, Truth Social.
The former US president has previously stated, “I see no need for it,” so he is unlikely to return to the podium.
His account was suspended in 2021 due to the possibility of inciting violence. The former Twitter administration acted just days after Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2017.
Hundreds of rioters stormed the complex as the US Congress attempted to confirm Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
Four civilians and one police officer were killed in the ensuing violence. Donald Trump’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, which all had tens of millions of followers, were all suspended shortly after the riots. He launched Truth Social, his own social media network, a few months later.
Earlier this week, the Republican announced that he would run for President of the United States again in 2024. In October, Mr. Musk, the world’s richest man, paid $44 billion for Twitter.
Concerned that he would loosen Twitter’s restrictions on hate speech and disinformation, he quickly instituted drastic changes within the social media behemoth. He informed employees earlier this week that the company’s office buildings would be closed for an indefinite period, beginning immediately.
The news comes amid reports that many employees resigned in response to Mr. Musk’s demand that they work “long hours at high intensity” or leave.