UNITED STATES: Over the weekend, Kanye West’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were blocked; the social media sites claimed to have done so after the rapper’s posts were criticized for being anti-Semitic.
First, the parent company of Facebook, Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), locked him out of his Instagram account on Friday. He then turned to Twitter, where he tweeted for the first time in two years on Saturday.
West posted a grainy picture of Mark Zuckerberg singing karaoke on Twitter for the first time since 2020. A tweet stated: “Look at this, Mark. How you gone kick me off instagram.”
“You people have toyed with me and tried to blackball everyone whoever opposes your agenda,” Kanye West later tweeted. He said he wasn’t anti-Semitic in that message, which Twitter has since taken down for breaking its rules. Additionally, his account was locked, a Twitter representative said on Sunday.
Elon Musk, a billionaire who has said he would buy Twitter and describes himself as a free speech absolutist, had welcomed rapper Kanye West’s return to the platform and responded to a post by the rapper tweeting: “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”
Kanye West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, had his Instagram account stopped before going on Twitter early on Saturday. This was because of a since-removed post in which he used anti-Semitic tropes and claimed that a musician was being controlled by “the Jewish people.”