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Twitter, IG lock Kanye West’s accounts over antisemitic posts

Twitter, IG lock Kanye West's accounts over antisemitic posts
Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. July 19, 2020. RANDALL HILL/REUTERS

Social media platform, Twitter locked Popular American singer, Kanye West, who now goes by ‘Ye’ account over an anti-Semitic tweet on Saturday.

Confirming the development, Twitter Spokesperson, Katie Rosborough in a statement to The Verge“The account in question has been locked due to a violation of Twitter’s policies.”

Though the tweet has been deleted by Twitter several users screenshotted the post before it was removed.

The tweet read, “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” Ye wrote. “The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to blackball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

Ye, who hasn’t been active on Twitter in about two years, was greeted by Elon Musk once he returned to the platform.

He posted the hateful tweet shortly after Instagram restricted access to his account, prompting him to call out Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg for “kick[ing] him off Instagram.”

On Friday, Ye posted a screenshot on Instagram showing a text message between him and rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, accusing Diddy of being controlled by Jewish people.

This garnered a response from the American Jewish Committee, which slammed Ye for espousing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

It’s unclear how long Ye won’t have access to his Twitter account, as the platform’s rules say it could place a user’s profile in “read-only mode” for anywhere from 12 hours to seven days depending on the violation.

This means that Ye can’t tweet, retweet, or like any posts until the lockout lifts, but other users can still interact with his content.

These two hateful outbursts come not even a week after Ye was captured wearing a racist “White Lives Matter” shirt, a phrase the Anti-Defamation League classifies as a hate slogan.

Ye also appeared on Fox News in an interview with Tucker Carlson that the AJC says was “laden with racist and antisemitic undertones.”

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