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Kanye West Locked Out of Twitter Following Anti-Semitic Tweet

Kanye West Locked Out of Twitter Following Anti-Semitic Tweet

Yesterday, the rapper’s Instagram account was restricted for policy violations

Kanye West wearing a hat and a Balenciaga grill

Kanye West (Photo by Edward Berthelot/GC Images).

Kanye West  has been locked out of his Twitter account after posting an anti-Semitic tweet, BuzzFeed News reports and Pitchfork can confirm. The full tweet, as reported by BuzzFeed News and The Hollywood Reporter, read:

I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. 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 black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.

The social media platform removed the tweet shortly after West published it for violating its rules and guidelines. There is currently a notice from Twitter in the tweet’s place that reads: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.” Although West’s Twitter account is currently still live, a Twitter spokesperson told Pitchfork that “the account was locked for violating Twitter’s policies.” Pitchfork has reached out to Kanye West’s representatives for further information and comment.

The Anti-Defamation League has also spoken out against West’s tweet, Deadline reports. The organization took to social media to publish a brief statement addressing the tweet, which it calls “dangerous.” “Power. Disloyalty. Greed. Deicide. Blood. Denial. Anti-Zionism,” the statement reads. “All of these are antisemitic tropes that we break down in our #AntisemitismUncovered Guide at https://antisemitism.adl.org. Many of these myths have influenced @KanyeWest’s comments recently, and it’s dangerous.” Pitchfork has reached out to the Anti-Defamation League for comment and more information.

Twitter’s action comes just one day after Meta restricted West’s Instagram account. The parent company to Instagram and Facebook is currently blocking West from posting new content, commenting, and sending messages, per its policy violation guidelines. Meta did not specify which content was removed from West’s account, however.

West had previously posted screenshots of alleged texts with Sean “Puffy” Combs aka Diddy on Instagram. In one post viewed by Pitchfork, captioned with “Jesus is Jew,” the rapper says, “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.” The post is no longer on West’s account. West later addressed Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter, saying “how you gone kick me off instagram.” The post included an older photo of West, Zuckerberg, and others.

In March, West’s Instagram account was suspended for 24 hours after posting a slur targeting The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

This article was originally published on Sunday, October 9 at 3:59 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Sunday, October 9 at 9:56 p.m. Eastern.

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