Rapper Ye — also known by his stage name, Kanye West — has been banned from his Twitter account “for violating Twitter’s policies,” the social media platform said in a statement to CBS News.
Twitter did not specify which policies had been violated, but the action came shortly after West posted an anti-Semitic tweet Saturday night in which he threatened to die [sic] con 3″ for the Jews.
In the tweet – which has since been removed – West also wrote: “The funny thing is I can’t actually be anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jews too.”
Traffic comes shortly afterby the platform’s parent company, Meta, after West posted screenshots of an alleged conversation with rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs in which West suggested that Combs was controlled by Jews.
“I was [sic] to use you as an example to show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten me or influence me,” West wrote. Instagram has since deleted the post.
Before Saturday, West hadn’t tweeted since November 2020. After one tweet criticizing Mark Zuckerberg due to his suspension from Instagram, West was welcomed back to Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk, for several months.
The West was earlierfor 24 hours in March for directing a racial slur at “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
West’s posts have drawn public outcry from the American Jewish Committee, which denounced the language as “anti-Jewish” and “dangerous.” The AJC also cited an interview West gave on Tucker Carlson’s show last Thursday in which the rapper accused Trump’s former senior adviser and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, of brokering his deals Abraham to “make money”.
Last week,at Paris Fashion Week, which Combs later criticized, leading to the alleged texts West posted on Instagram. West was photographed wearing the shirt alongside conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Hannah Gais, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said in a statement to CBS News that both West and Owens “have a penchant for high-profile stunts designed to troll liberals” and that “the use of The rhetoric popular among some on the racist fringe shows that these slogans can be normalized and become part of the wider right-wing vernacular through repetition.”
The phrase “White Lives Matter” originated as “racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement” in 2015, and has been adopted and promoted by white supremacist groups and advocates, according to the Anti-Defamation League.