Elon Musk just brought an infamous neo-Nazi back to Twitter

Elon Musk just brought an infamous neo-Nazi back to Twitter

Ye may have crossed over the line tweeting a Star of David superimposed on a swastika, but other Nazi apologists can’t blame them for sending mixed signals.

On Thursday evening, Musk intervened personally after Kanye West had shared the symbol. Musk tweeted “I tried my best” in response to a tweet that raised alarm about West’s behavior .. “Despite that, he violated our rule against incitement towards violence again. Account will be suspended .”

On Truth Social, West shared a screenshot that indicates he was only suspended from Twitter for 12 hours — a relatively lenient sentence. However, West’s account was still suspended on Friday at 1 PM PT.

In an interview with Alex Jones, West openedly discussed his antisemitic beliefs just before his suspension. On the show, West wore a full mask and praised Hitler. He also proclaimed his “love” for Nazis repeatedly and doubled down when Jones made him feel uncomfortable.

As Nazi-related hashtags take over Twitter’s trending topics, the infamous neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin also re-appeared on the site, tweeting from a new handle associated with the account he had banned back in 2015. In a reply to Musk, Anglin, the creator of The Daily Stormer, questioned Twitter’s new rules. “Ye caught a 12 hour suspension for tweeting a Star of David with a swastika in it… Whatever the rules are, people will follow them. We only need to know .”

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Anglin was de-platformed from the broader internet when companies providing The Daily Stormer’s web hosting, DDoS protection and other utilities cut off their services back in 2017. After the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville raised alarm about an escalating tide of open white supremacy within the U.S., that push against the site was made. Anglin, in a speech he wrote and that was read aloud to the rally (Anglin was not present), warned that he and his supporters would soon “digging graves” as well as calling for the death of “enemies white race

Anglin was quickly welcomed back by his fans. One account that clearly made reference to white supremacy in the handle of its account tweeted that it was checking into duty. Other neoNazi and white supremacist accounts criticized Musk’s actions against West, calling them an unexpected betrayal.

Richard Spencer also benefits from Musk’s Twitter changes. Spencer, a Unite The Right organizer , and an open-minded white nationalist who has given the Nazi salute to supporters, is now a verified Twitter user and pays for a Twitter Blue monthly membership. Spencer is currently encouraging a Twitter Space declaring “Yeism triumphant

Twitter still has its pre-Musk policy against hateful behavior, but its new owner seems to be mostly winging it. Last week, Musk ran a Twitter poll and later declared “amnesty “” for accounts that “haven’t broken the law or engaged with egregious spam.” This decision allowed potentially thousands of accounts that had previously violated Twitter hate and harassment policies to be reinstated to the platform.

Musk is unlikely to scale his one-man content moderation approach. After taking over as CEO of SpaceX and billionaire Tesla, Musk cut Twitter’s moderation staff. He also lost Twitter’s Global Head for Trust & Safety Yoel Rot, who was instrumental in guiding the company through some of its most difficult policy decisions. “One of my limits was if Twitter starts being ruled by dictatorial edict rather than by policy… there’s no longer a need for me in my role, doing what I do,” Roth said in his first post-departure interview this week.

Despite his initial promises for a council ,, Musk relies on unscientific Twitter surveys skewed towards his supporters to establish the platform’s rules. According to research from the ADL, white supremacists and other extremists noticed the opportunity and encouraged their supporters to vote in Musk’s “amnesty” poll on Telegram.

One Telegram channel that has thousands of followers warned members not to use obvious slurs.

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