Late on Friday, West—who is now known as Ye—posted a picture of a hat bearing the date 2024. He then posted a second image of himself with Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms Inc., and said that Zuckerberg had banned him from Instagram.
After West broke the site’s rules, Instagram removed some of his posts and restricted his account, a Meta representative said in an email response to questions. The representative did not explain which regulations were broken, but according to NBC, West had posted something that has since been removed that some groups considered anti-Semitic.
West received a response from Musk that began, “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend.” The Tesla CEO renewed his $44 billion bid to acquire Twitter this week, saying he wants to build an “everything app” that could compete with TikTok and WeChat.
The move from Instagram comes after West recently shared an Instagram post claiming to be an exchange between himself and Diddy, in which West used language that some social media users found to be anti-Semitic. Since then, the post has been removed.
In addition, West faced criticism for remarks he made about Jared Kushner that were viewed as promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes during the rapper’s recent interview on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.
American Jewish Committee, an advocacy organisation, blasted West on Instagram on Friday for his “rants laden with racist and antisemitic undertones” and “anti-Jewish posts.”
The musician has faced criticism for his use of social media previously. His Instagram account was suspended for 24 hours in March after he tweeted a slur directed at Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show.
In February, West issued an apology for since-deleted Instagram posts in which he exchanged comments about Pete Davidson, who was then his ex-wife Kim Kardashian‘s boyfriend. Sharing screen pictures, according to West, “sharing screen shots was jarring and came off as harassing Kim,” he wrote at the time.