Kanye West’s Instagram account was suspended on Monday, a spokesperson for Instagram’s parent company Meta confirmed to the Forbesafter publishing a disparaging ad about “Jewish businessmen,” just four days after West returned to the platform following a previous ban that came after publishing bad news.
Content posted by West—whose legal name is Ye—was taken down by Instagram and his account was suspended, a Meta spokesperson said, because the rapper violated some of the social service’s policies.
Meta did not say why he took action on West’s account or which post prompted his decision, but he said it was a ban, such as banning the user from posting , to post or send messages to accounts that violate its rules.
Many of West’s posts were still active on Monday, but one post from Sunday was missing: A photo of West texting someone named Russell in which he said “I need to order the Jewish businessmen must make proper contracts or die.”
Another controversial post from West that was still active on Instagram but was labeled as “graphic or violent,” showing a photo of Emmett Till’s dead face after being shot a year ago 1955.
In the caption of this photo, West criticized Endeavor’s CEO, Ari Emanuel, who was one of the first to call on companies to cut ties with West after the speech. the rapper made antisemitic comments, saying he was the victim of “digital harassment” and “economic lynching.”
In another post that’s still going strong on Instagram, West shared a picture of Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving, who apologized this week for advertising an antisemitic movie. Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, on Twitter, he has since deleted. “There’s still some real stuff here,” West said of Irving.
West has made several comments on Instagram and Twitter and in interviews this month, including saying he’s going to “kill 3 Jews.” He also spread lies about George Floyd’s death, claiming he died from fentanyl use—a claim that Floyd’s family has said they plan to sue him for. West’s comments prompted some of West’s biggest corporate partners—Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga—to drop their deals with him. The loss of his Adidas partnership, which made Yeezy’s shoes and was responsible for most of his wealth, caused West to lose his billionaire status, Forbes said.
What to Watch Out for
When West was suspended on Instagram, he was asked to use Twitter — a platform he used to post several times a day — by Elon Musk, while buying the location. Soon after, West was also banned on Twitter, following an antisemitic tweet. Now that Musk is running the social media platform, it’s unclear if West will return there or if his comments will be restricted under Musk’s leadership.
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