Kanye West back on Twitter with ‘Shalom’ message and welcomed by Elon Musk

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Kanye West has marked his return to Twitter, after being banned for anti-Semitic posts, by tweeting the Hebrew greeting Shalom.

The rapper was welcomed back by Elon Musk, who consolidated his ownership of the platform during the weeks Ye was offline.

Shalom means ‘peace’ but can also be a greeting or farewell and the 45-year-old shared it with a smiley face.

A few hours beforehand, West had tweeted "Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked" to which Mr Musk replied "Don't kill what ye hate. Save what ye love".

Mr Musk’s endorsement shows the change of direction the social media site might be taking under its new owner, with Donald Trump also being allowed back on after nearly two years.

West had been kicked off after posting "death con [sic] 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE" in October - after which he was also removed from Instagram - where he appears to not yet have been allowed back. He also lost lucrative sponsorship deals, including with Adidas.

He had not tweeted since November 4 when he announced a 30 day “verbal” fast as well as abstaining from sex and alcohol.

Kanye West - In pictures

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March 31, 2004<br><br>Kanye West appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
March 31, 2004

Kanye West appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
November 14, 2004<br><br>Kanye West performs on stage during the 32nd Annual <i>American Music Awards</i> in Los Angeles, CA, USA (Getty Images)
November 14, 2004

Kanye West performs on stage during the 32nd Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA, USA (Getty Images)
December 8, 2004<br><br>Kanye West accepts the award for <i>Male New Artist of the Year</i> during the 2004 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, NV, USA (Getty Images)
December 8, 2004

Kanye West accepts the award for Male New Artist of the Year during the 2004 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, NV, USA (Getty Images)
February 10, 2005<br><br>Kanye West and  mascot Dropout Bear at the Kanye West and Creative Artist Agency Foundation launch of the Kanye West Foundation in Beverly Hills, CA, USA (Getty Images)
February 10, 2005

Kanye West and mascot Dropout Bear at the Kanye West and Creative Artist Agency Foundation launch of the Kanye West Foundation in Beverly Hills, CA, USA (Getty Images)
February 13, 2005<br><br>Kanye West performs <i>Jesus Walks</i> on stage during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA, USA (Getty Images)
February 13, 2005

Kanye West performs Jesus Walks on stage during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA, USA (Getty Images)
February 13, 2005<br><br>Kanye West poses backstage with his awards for <i>Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song</i>, and <i>Best R&amp;B Song</i> during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA, USA (Getty Images)
February 13, 2005

Kanye West poses backstage with his awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best R&B Song during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA, USA (Getty Images)
June 5, 2005<br><br>Jay-Z and Kanye West perform at the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2005 Concert in East Rutherford, NJ, USA (Getty Images)
June 5, 2005

Jay-Z and Kanye West perform at the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2005 Concert in East Rutherford, NJ, USA (Getty Images)

It seems West has broken his fast early and is intent on sharing his views with the world via Twitter, despite previously announcing he was buying Parler - a popular microblog among the right.

Mr Trump, meanwhile, was banned from the site in January 2021 when his messages incited protestors to storm the Capitol to support his claim he rightfully won, not lost, the 2020 election when Joe Biden defeated him.

But, unlike Wes,t it seems the US president will not be active having now launched his own replica site Truth Social.

His latest post from 2021 still reads: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”