Elon Musk and Kanye West Twitter beef explained

KANYE West and Elon Musk used to be close.

However, the December 2022 drama between the rapper and the new Twitter CEO has brought their friendship status into question.

George Lucas, Kanye West and Elon Musk at the TIME 100 Gala, TIME’s 100 Most Influential People In The World on April 21, 2015


George Lucas, Kanye West and Elon Musk at the TIME 100 Gala, TIME’s 100 Most Influential People In The World on April 21, 2015Credit: Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME – Getty

When did Kanye West and Elon Musk become friends?

Kanye West and Elon Musk have been friends for over a decade.

On December 23, 2011, Musk shared an image of himself and West on Twitter.

He said: “Kanye stopped by the SpaceX rocket factory today.”

The pair ended up forming a close friendship after that visit and repeatedly supported each other throughout the years.

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Why was Kanye West suspended from Twitter?

Musk suspended West’s Twitter account after he tweeted an image of a swastika combined with a Star of David on December 1, 2022.

West, who now goes by Ye, was initially restricted from Twitter for anti-Semitic remarks he made on October 9, 2022, in which he said he would go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”

On October 10, 2022, Musk tweeted: “Talked to ye today & expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart.”

Prior to West’s troubling statements, on October 8, 2022, Musk tweeted at West: “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”

This was in response to West’s return to the social media platform after an almost two-year hiatus.

Musk took over the company at the end of October 2022, after purchasing it for $44billion.

What did Elon Musk say about Kanye West?

On the night of December 1, 2022, a Twitter user pleaded: “ELON FIX KANYE PLEASE.”

Shortly after midnight on December 2, 2022, Musk responded: “I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”

Kanye West in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2022


Kanye West in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2022Credit: Photo by Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images – Getty

As The Guardian reported, West took to Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, to share screenshots of his alleged text messages with Musk.

According to the images, Musk said to West: “Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love.”

West responded: “Who made you the judge.”

West then posted a screenshot of his Twitter account that shows that he has been banned for tweeting for 12 hours.

West has repeatedly made headlines over the fall of 2022 for his anti-Semitic comments and rants.

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