Elon Musk suspends Kanye West from Twitter for inciting violence

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By Thomas Mackintosh

BBC News, London

Kanye West has been banned from Twitter and accused of "inciting violence" over offensive tweets.

It comes after the US rapper, who now goes by the name Ye, posted a series of erratic tweets - one of which appeared to show a symbol combining a swastika and a Jewish star.

Twitter's new boss Elon Musk was asked by one user to "fix Kanye".

Musk tweeted that West had "violated our rule against incitement to violence".

"Account will be suspended," Musk wrote in a Twitter post.

It comes after the right-wing social media platform Parler said West could no longer buy the firm.

In a statement Parlement Technologies said: "The company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale."

The firm said the decision was made in mid-November.

Parler, which is a much smaller platform, is popular with conservatives and the far right, and styles itself as a "free speech" alternative to mainstream platforms.

"Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community," the firm said in its statement.

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