The musician, who is now formally known as Kanye West, has had his Twitter and Instagram accounts suspended for antisemitic sentiments.
On Sunday, representatives from Twitter and Instagram parent company Meta announced that Ye had broken the company’s policy by posting certain types of content on his accounts.
According to tweets saved from the internet archive, Kanye West threatened to shortly go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” late on Saturday night. This is apparently a reference to the Defense Readiness Rating Scale (DEFCON) used by the United States military.
Kanye West’s antisemitic rants go a step too far for Instagram and Twitter
He also remarked, in a message that was later deleted by Twitter, “You people have messed with me and attempted to blackball everyone that opposes your agenda.”
A “White Lives Matter” T-shirt that Ye wore to Paris Fashion Week earlier this month drew criticism.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, a rapper, submitted a video on Instagram in which he expressed his opposition to the shirt and begged his fans to return their purchases.
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According to sources, Kanye West implied that Diddy was under Jewish influence after posting a screenshot of their text exchange on Instagram.
Both platforms have strict restrictions against the use of profanity in posts. Even though Ye’s Twitter account is still live, he will be unable to tweet until the ban is lifted.
Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, sometimes disables profiles it judges to be in violation of its policies. As part of the punishment, you may temporarily lose the ability to use social media or communicate through direct messages.
After a vacation of almost two years, Kanye West returned to Twitter on Saturday, supposedly because Instagram had closed his account.
Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla, who has been engaged in a months-long legal fight with Twitter, welcomed Ye’s return to the site before his suspension by posting, “Welcome back to Twitter, my buddy.”
To what extent Musk would really manage the influential network, despite his claims that he would make it a free speech sanctuary and ease limitations, is unknown.