Kanye West posted a photo of himself with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, with a caption that reads, in part: Look at this Mark. How you gone kick me off Instagram. Musk replied on Twitter, Welcome back, my friend!
Meta, which owns Instagram, confirmed that Ye‘s account was restricted, though they wouldn’t specify which items were eliminated, and was restricted. A spokesperson for the platform said that accounts that repeatedly violate the community standards’ guidelines might be temporarily barred from posting, commenting, or sending direct messages.
Meta declined to discuss which posts West deleted from his account or which policy he violated.
Musk has been inspired by West since at least 2011, when they first met. Musk has said that he considers West his biggest inspiration and has praised his work. Zuckerberg and Musk’s relationship is more tenuous. Musk and Zuckerberg, on the other hand, have a more tenuous relationship.
The two tech CEOs have butted heads in the past, a feud that first began in 2016 after a SpaceX rocket explosion destroyed a Facebook satellite nearby. Musk is a cofounder and the CEO of SpaceX.
In April, Musk compared Zuckerberg to a monarch, commenting that the Facebook founder owns the majority of Meta shares, a strong-hold Musk said he would personally avoid if he bought Twitter.
On Friday, West posted what he claims are screenshots of “abbreviated” texts between him and creative director of the fashion label Supreme, Tremaine Emory, discussing fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died of cancer last year.
Both West and Musk are known for their compulsive social media habits, though on different platforms. West’s Instagram account was most recently suspended in March after attacking Kim Kardashian, Trevor Noah, and Pete Davidson in posts that violated the app’s harassment policy.