Rapper Ye, commonly known as Kanye West by his given name, has had access to his Twitter account suspended “due to a breach of Twitter’s regulations,” the social media network said in a statement to CBS News.
The punishment was taken shortly after West wrote an antisemitic tweet on Saturday night in which he threatened to “go death [sic] con 3” on Jews. Twitter did not indicate which policies had been broken.
West also included the following statement in the tweet, which has since been deleted: “The funny thing is I honestly can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also.”
This action comes shortly after West’s Instagram account was also suspended by Instagram’s parent company, Meta, after West released screenshots of a purported discussion with musician Sean “Diddy” Combs in which Combs was allegedly accused of being under Jewish control.
I’m going to use you as an example to prove to the Jewish people who told you to call me that they have no power to intimidate or sway me, West wrote. Since then, Instagram has removed the post.
West hadn’t tweeted since November 2020 before Saturday. West was welcomed back to Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk after a tweet slamming Mark Zuckerberg for his expulsion from Instagram. Musk has been involved in legal disputes around the platform’s acquisition for several months.
In March, Instagram placed West on a 24-hour suspension for using a racial slur against Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show.”
The American Jewish Committee, which condemned the rhetoric as “anti-Jewish” and “destructive,” expressed public outrage at West’s posts. The AJC also cited an interview West gave last Thursday on Tucker Carlson’s program, in which the rapper accused Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump and a former top advisor to the president, of brokering the Abraham Accords in order to “make money.”
Last week, Combs blasted West for presenting “White Lives Matter” shirts during Paris Fashion Week. This led to the alleged texts West purportedly uploaded on Instagram. West was seen wearing the shirt in a photo with Candace Owens, a conservative broadcaster.
West and Owens “have a proclivity for high-profile stunts designed to troll liberals,” according to Hannah Gais, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. Additionally, their “use of rhetoric popular among some on the racist fringe goes to show that these slogans can become normalized and part of the broader right-wing vernacular through repetition,” she added.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the phrase “White Lives Matter” was coined in 2015 as “a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement” and has since been embraced and propagated by organizations and individuals associated with white supremacy.
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