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Kanye West’s Antisemitic Posts Land Him in Trouble on Instagram and Twitter


Ye, the rapper formerly often called Kanye West, has set off one controversy after one other within the last week, first at his fashion show after which on social media, prompting accusations of racism and antisemitism.

On Monday, at Paris Fashion Week, he debuted a T-shirt for his fashion line bearing the phrase “White Lives Matter.” On Friday, he suggested on Instagram that Sean Combs, the rapper often called Diddy, was being controlled by Jewish people. Ye’s account was restricted by Instagram that day.

Early on Sunday morning, he went on Twitter and lashed out against Jewish people in a series of tweets.

Ye tweeted that he would soon go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to the USA’ defense readiness condition, often called Def. Con.

“You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda,” he wrote. The tweet was removed by the corporate.

In a separate tweet, Ye accused Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Meta, which owns Instagram, of removing him from Instagram.

“Who you’re thinking that created cancel culture?” he added in one other tweet.

In a press release, a spokeswoman for Twitter said Ye’s account was locked for violating Twitter’s policies. A spokeswoman for Meta said it places restrictions on accounts that repeatedly break its rules.

Representatives for Ye couldn’t immediately be reached.

The restrictions on Twitter and Instagram mean that Ye’s account continues to be energetic, but that the rapper cannot post for an undisclosed period.

Ye had returned to Twitter on Saturday after not posting for nearly two years.

The posts were one more test of social media firms’ willingness to observe content that’s perceived as hateful.

The T-shirt design and the social media posts were widely condemned by celebrities and Jewish groups, who said they echoed racist and antisemitic ideas.

The Anti-Defamation League has called “White Lives Matter” a hateful phrase utilized by white supremacists.

At first, Ye appeared to relish within the T-shirt controversy, writing on Instagram that “my one t-shirt took allllll the eye.”

But outrage continued to construct online from several artists, including Mr. Combs, who criticized the design in a video on Instagram.

“Don’t wear the shirt. Don’t buy the shirt. Don’t play with the shirt,” Mr. Combs said. “It’s not a joke.”

On Thursday, Adidas said it might put its partnership with Yeezy “under review.” (Ye ended his partnership with Gap last month.)

On Friday, Ye posted screenshots from a text message exchange with Mr. Combs to his Instagram account, where he suggested that Mr. Combs was being controlled by Jewish people. The comments were called antisemitic by several Jewish groups.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been seeing these sorts of tropes and conspiracy theories on the rise across the country, which is all of the more troubling since the rise of antisemitic rhetoric is directly linked to the rise in antisemitic violence,” Eric Fingerhut, president and chief executive of the Jewish Federations of North America, said in a press release.

The Instagram posts were deleted by the corporate.

Shortly after, Ye returned to Twitter, where he posted a photograph of himself with Mr. Zuckerberg. “The way you gone kick me off instagram,” he wrote.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla who has signaled that he would buy the social media company for $44 billion and will loosen its content moderation policies, replied to the tweet.

“Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!” Mr. Musk wrote.

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