Kanye West has been blocked from using his Twitter account after he posted anti-Semitic comments, including a threat saying he would go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”
“The account in question has been locked due to a violation of Twitter’s policies,” a Twitter spokesperson told Buzzfeed News on Sunday, Oct. 9.
The decision came after the rapper, who now goes by the name Ye, shared a now-removed Oct. 8 post with his 31 million followers.
“I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” the hip-hop mogul tweeted. “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.”
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Twitter replaced the post with a message saying: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules,” and included a link to the site’s list of “enforcement options.”
West hadn’t posted on Twitter since November 2020, but returned to the platform this weekend when Instagram placed a restriction on his account for content it said violated policies.
The restriction came after the rapper posted screenshots of alleged text messages between himself and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Pitchfork viewed one controversial post before it was deleted. The outlet reported West captioned the post “Jesus is Jew,” and wrote: “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.”
A Meta spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that Instagram deleted content from West’s feed and placed restrictions on his account for violating the social media platform’s policies. The company did not say which post prompted the restriction.
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West’s comments on Instagram drew backlash across social media, including from the Anti-Defamation League.
“The behavior exhibited this week by @kanyewest is deeply troubling, dangerous, and antisemitic, period. There is no excuse for his propagating of white supremacist slogans and classic #antisemitism about Jewish power, especially with the platform he has,” the ADL tweeted on Friday, Oct. 7.
After returning to Twitter on Friday, West called out Meta owner Mark Zuckerberg, writing: “How you gone kick me off Instagram.”
The rapper was briefly suspended from Instagram in March of this year for using a racial slur against Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
The comedian set off the rapper during a late-night segment when he said West’s attempts to win back his ex-wife Kim Kardashian were becoming “more and more belligerent.”
On Monday, West stirred controversy yet again, for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt at his fashion show in Paris.
In an interview later in the week with Fox News, West said he thought “the shirt was funny.” The rapper also pushed back against his critics and said “it hurts” his feelings when people say “he’s crazy.”