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Twitter security chief unsure if Ye’s ban from platform is permanent

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  • Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was kicked off Twitter after posting Nazi iconography.
  • Twitter’s new chief security officer told the Wall Street Journal that Ye’s return to the platform is uncertain.
  • Since Elon Musk’s takeover, it’s unclear how content moderation decisions are made on Twitter.

Twitter management is unsure whether or not to allow Ye, who went by the name Kanye West, to return to the site after he tweeted an image containing a swastika.

The social media platform’s head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, told The Wall Street Journal that she couldn’t guarantee Ye’s return to the site, saying, “I don’t know. if we still know the answer to that.”

Irwin also suggested that decisions about content moderation were made on the fly, telling the newspaper that the company “is moving quickly and working out the details in some of these areas down the road.”

Ye was suspended this month after he tweeted a hybrid swastika and Star of David symbol.

At the time, Musk said that he decided to kick Ye out of the site and shared text messages in which he told Ye, “you’ve gone too far. This isn’t love.”

Ye’s Twitter suspension follows months of the rapper-designer pushing the boundaries of the types of hate speech allowed on social media. He had previously tweeted a series of anti-Semitic comments, including, in early October, an apparent threat that he would “go dumb 3 on JEWS”.

This led Twitter to delete the tweets and temporarily lock his account. Six weeks later, it was back and received a warm welcome from new owner Elon Musk, who has made a mark of courting some of the site’s more volatile elements.

“Don’t kill what you hate. Keep what you love,” Musk tweeted.

Representatives for Yeezy did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

Musk’s tumultuous takeover of Twitter, after months of speculation over his possible withdrawal from the deal, was marked by the firing of thousands of employees and the departure of senior officials, including his former chief trustee and security, Yoel Roth. .

The notion of police talk on the platform vexed Musk, who at one point plans shown use a “content moderation board” to advise on decisions.

Despite this proclamation, Musk brought former President Donald Trump back to the platform after conducting a Twitter poll, rather than consulting such advice. Twitter banned Trump’s account last year after the deadly January 6 uprising in which Trump supporters bombed the US Capitol.

Lately, Musk seems to have taken the Twitter poll approach, deploying a similar approach to deciding the fate of other suspended users.



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