Rick Scott thanks Musk for 'standing up in opposition to' antisemitism by booting Ye from Twitter

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) thanked Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Friday for “standing up in opposition to” antisemitism together with his resolution to droop Ye, the artist previously often known as Kanye West, from the social media platform.

“You have been proper to take this decisive motion to forestall acts of violence and hate crimes in opposition to the Jewish neighborhood that might have been motivated by these disgusting feedback and posts in your platform,” Scott mentioned in a letter to Musk.

Musk suspended the rapper’s Twitter account on Friday morning after he posted a picture of the Star of David containing a swastika. Ye’s submit adopted his Thursday look on Infowars during which he praised Adolf Hitler and Nazis in an antisemitic rant.

“I attempted my greatest. Regardless of that, he once more violated our rule in opposition to incitement to violence,” Musk mentioned in a tweet. “Account will probably be suspended.”

The billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX took over Twitter in late October, promising to make main modifications to the platform’s content material moderation. As a self-described “free speech absolutist,” Musk had vowed to carry again a number of suspended accounts, together with these of Ye and former President Trump.

Scott recommended Musk’s strategy in Friday’s letter, saying it exhibits he’s “dedicated to standing up free of charge speech and making an acceptable distinction between hate speech and speech that doesn’t align with the woke values of Huge Tech.” 

Musk has helmed a chaotic transition at Twitter since finalizing his $44 billion acquisition of the social media firm. The billionaire laid off half of the corporate’s workforce in his first week and misplaced a number of hundred extra workers to mass resignations final month.

Advertisers have additionally fled the platform amid issues concerning the modifications to content material moderation, leaving Musk warning of “dire” financial circumstances on the firm and potential chapter.