Kanye West's Twitter, Instagram locked over antisemitic posts

Spokespersons for Twitter and Instagram parent Meta say rapper posted messages that violated their policies; in a tweet sent late Saturday, West said he would soon go 'death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE'

Associated Press, Ynet|
Kanye West’s Twitter and Instagram accounts have been locked because of antisemitic posts by the rapper, now known legally as Ye.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Spokespersons for Twitter and Instagram parent Meta said Sunday that Ye posted messages that violated their policies.
    3 View gallery
    קניה ווסט
    קניה ווסט
    Kanye West
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    In a tweet sent late Saturday, Ye said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to internet archive records. That’s an apparent reference to the U.S. military readiness condition scale known as DEFCON.
    In the same tweet, which was removed by Twitter, he said: “You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”
    Earlier this month, Ye had been criticized for wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt to his collection at Paris Fashion Week.
    3 View gallery
    קניה ווסט
    קניה ווסט
    Kanye West and Candace Owens wear White Lives Matter t-shirt
    (Photo: Instagram )
    Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs posted a video on Instagram saying he didn’t support the shirt, and urged people not to buy it.
    On Instagram, Ye posted a screenshot of a text conversation with Diddy and suggested he was controlled by Jewish people, according to media reports.
    Under their policies, the two social networks prohibit the posting of offensive language. Ye’s Twitter account is still active but he can’t post until the suspension ends, after an unspecified period.
    Meta, which owns Facebook as well as Instagram, at times will place restrictions on accounts that it deems repeatedly break its rules. The sanctions may include temporary restrictions on posting, commenting or sending direct messages.
    3 View gallery
    Kanye West performing in Tel Aviv in 2015
    Kanye West performing in Tel Aviv in 2015
    Kanye West performing in Ramat Gan in 2015
    (Photo: Yaron Brener)
    Ye had returned to Twitter on Saturday following a nearly two-year hiatus, reportedly after Instagram locked his account.
    Billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who last week renewed his $44 billion offer to buy Twitter following a months-long legal battle with the company, greeted Ye’s return to the platform before his suspension by tweeting, “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend.”
    Kanye West performed in Israel in October 2015, staging a single show at Ramat Gan Stadium.
    Comments
    The commenter agrees to the privacy policy of Ynet News and agrees not to submit comments that violate the terms of use, including incitement, libel and expressions that exceed the accepted norms of freedom of speech.