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Kanye West returns to Twitter with 'shalom' post after ban over antisemitic remarks

“Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked," Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, wrote Sunday. Elon Musk, the platform's new owner, replied, “Don’t kill what ye hate. Save what ye love."
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Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, returned to Twitter over the weekend, writing "shalom" in one of his first posts since appearing to take a break from the platform after his account was restricted over antisemitic remarks.

Shalom is the Hebrew word for "peace," and is also used as a greeting or parting salutation. The rapper posted it along with a smiley face Sunday in a tweet.

Earlier he had tweeted out: "Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked."

"Don't kill what ye hate," Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, replied. "Save what ye love."

The exchange came as Ye faces backlash after making a string of antisemitic remarks, which saw both his Twitter and Instagram accounts restricted in October.

Musk said last month that Ye's account had been restored by Twitter before he took ownership. "They did not consult with or inform me," he said in a tweet on Oct. 28.

However, Ye's last post on Twitter was on Nov. 4, a day after the rapper said he was taking a "verbal fast."

A number of companies cut ties with Ye over his remarks, including Adidas, Balenciaga and the prominent talent agency CAA.

Kanye West outside Kenzo, during Paris Fashion Week in France, on Jan. 23, 2022.
Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week in France, on Jan. 23. Edward Berthelot / Getty Images file

Earlier this month, it also came to light that Ye had paid a settlement to a former employee who alleged he had used antisemitic language in the workplace.

Ye's Sunday tweets came as former President Donald Trump's Twitter account was also reinstated over the weekend after being blocked for nearly two years.

Trump has yet to use the account, however, with the former president having launched his own social media network, Truth Social, in the wake of his ban.