Twitter, Instagram lock out Kanye West over antisemitic posts
Companies say the entertainer posted messages violating their policies
Kanye West's Twitter and Instagram accounts have been locked because of antisemitic posts by the rapper, now known legally as Ye.
Spokespersons for Twitter and Instagram parent Meta said Sunday that Ye posted messages that violated their policies.
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.
Tweet pulled down
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.
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.
Back after almost 2 years
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 US 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."
Musk has said he would remake Twitter into a free speech haven and relax restrictions, although it's impossible to know precisely how he would run the influential network if he were to take over.