Elon Musk Just Let A Notorious Neo-Nazi Troll Back On Twitter – By Lydia O’Connor (Huffpost) / Dec 2, 2022
Andrew Anglin spent his first day back on Twitter defending Ye’s antisemitic rants.
Andrew Anglin ― a notorious neo-Nazi whose antisemitic conspiracy theories, white supremacist hate speech and alt-right trolling were deemed so dangerous that courts have ordered him to pay millions of dollars to his victims ― was welcomed back to Twitter on Thursday night after a nearly decade-long ban from the social media platform.
His return is an apparent part of newly minuted Twitter owner Elon Musk’s efforts to restore “free speech” to the platform, even if that means welcoming back people like Anglin who’ve incited campaigns to bombard journalists with threatening tweets.
“I deleted all the old stuff that was on this account. I will strictly follow whatever the rules are. If I get banned, it’s not for anything I said, it’s just because I’m me,” tweeted Anglin, who’s best known for creating The Daily Stormer ― an influential neo-Nazi website named for a Nazi propaganda paper. Twitter banned Anglin in 2013, the year he launched his site, and he’s currently in hiding.
Since being reinstated, Anglin has expressed his support for Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, with several tweets and a “YE24” in his bio, referring to the rap mogul’s stated intention to run for president in 2024. This comes a day after Ye went on a disturbing tirade declaring his “love” for Adolf Hitler and Nazis, claiming the German dictator “seems like a cool guy” and denying that Hitler oversaw the slaughter of 6 million Jews and others in the Holocaust. Musk has since suspended the rapper from Twitter, saying Ye tweeting an image of a swastika inside the Star of David violated the platform’s rules against inciting violence.