Instagram and Twitter limit the accounts of American rapper Kanye West

Washington: Instagram and Twitter say they have restricted US rapper Kanye West’s accounts over posts deemed anti-Semitic, AFP reported.

A Twitter spokeswoman said Sunday that West’s account was locked due to a violation of the social media platform’s policies. And a spokesperson for Instagram’s parent, Meta, told AFP the group had removed content – without specifying which posts – from West’s account for breaking its rules. Instagram has also restricted his account, which may involve preventing him from posting, commenting or sending private messages, according to the same source.

In the tweet, which is no longer visible on West’s account, the rapper said, “I’m a little sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m gonna die with 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” in apparent reference to American military preparation. code known as DEFCON. The restrictions come after West, a black artist who now goes by the name Ye, sparked controversy by wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt during the recent Paris Fashion Week, in a diversion of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan. “.

The phrase “Black Lives Matter” has become a rallying cry for protests against racism and police brutality sparked by the 2020 killing of George Floyd. West, 45, posted screenshots on Instagram on Friday from a conversation with rapper Diddy, who called West about the t-shirt and his message. “I will use you as an example to show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. I told you it was war. Now go get yourself some business,” he wrote. The posts have since been removed from the platform, but the images are still available online.

He later said on Twitter that he would target Jews in a post that was blocked by the platform for breaking its rules. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) accused West of “fomenting hatred of Jews.” “Kanye West should find a way to get a message across without resorting to anti-Semitism,” the organization said.

No stranger to controversy, West, who has been open about his struggles with bipolar disorder, was previously banned from posting on Instagram for 24 hours in March, amid an acrimonious divorce from reality star Kim Kardashian. . Earlier this week, German sportswear giant Adidas said it was reconsidering its partnership with West after he was reportedly unhappy with the way the brand was marketing its products. Last month, West and retail brand Gap also announced the end of a partnership.

James T. Quintero