Kanye West’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were locked over the weekend following the hip-hop superstar’s posting of posts that many deemed anti-Semitic. However, watchdog group StopAntisemitism believes the temporary restrictions on West’s accounts don’t go far enough and are calling for the star to be permanently banned from social media platforms.
“Twitter and Instagram (Meta) continue to give a platform to Ye are irresponsible, fuel hatred and harm the well-being of Jewish communities around the world,” Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntisemitism, said in a statement. “StopAntisemitism calls on Ye to publicly apologize for his comments, and on Meta and Twitter to permanently suspend him from their platforms.”
Controversy over West’s social media activity began last week after he appeared at a fashion show in Paris wearing a shirt that read “White Lives Matter.” During the fallout, he shared a screenshot on Instagram of what was allegedly a text exchange with Sean “Diddy” Combs. In the back-and-forth, West wrote that he would “show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten me or influence me.”
West later wrote on Twitter that he was “going to die with 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE” and said he couldn’t be anti-Semitic “because [B]lack, the people are actually Jewish.”
ground said Pleasemynews Tuesday that StopAntisemitism is concerned not only about West’s tweets, but also about Elon Musk’s recent interactions with West.
After first welcoming West on Twitter with a tweet on Saturday, Musk later indicated that he took issue with some of the star’s recent posts. Musk, the potential future owner of Twitter, commented under one of West’s posts: “I spoke to you today and expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart.”
“Threats of violence and hate speech should not be tolerated by Elon Musk or whoever will be in charge of Twitter next,” Rez told Pleasemynews. “Musk’s recent tweet that he expressed his concern to Ye is simply not enough. And while we commend Twitter and Meta for locking Kanye’s accounts, given the extent of his influence, his accounts should be permanently deleted.”
In its pitch for West to be permanently suspended, StopAntisemitism wrote that West’s “death con” reference is the number one reason for his removal.
StopAntisemitism wrote: “”Death con” refers to the US Army Defense Readiness Condition (DEFCON) which uses 5 levels of US Army readiness against potential threats – 5 being least concern to 1 being nuclear war. Defcon 3 is ‘increasing force readiness above normal readiness’ – a clear threat of violence (via Twitter Rules).”
The organization said its second reason for calling for a ban was that Ye tweeted on Oct. 8 that “You played with me and tried to blacklist anyone who opposes your agenda.”
StopAntisemitism said: “An age-old anti-Semitic stereotype is that of the ‘Jewish agenda’ – the idea that Jews are secretly plotting to take over the world and everyone’s financial assets. This is hateful conduct (per Twitter Rules ).”
The watchdog group also mentioned Ye’s texts to Diddy, noting that the posts also used “an anti-Semitic trope and hate speech” that goes against Meta’s community guidelines.
Finally, StopAntisemitism wrote how West allegedly told Diddy that “I told you I was.”
“This is a call to action to harm people (in accordance with Meta’s Community Guidelines),” StopAntisemitism said.
The group acknowledged that West had discussed mental health issues in the past, but said his “recent comments about Jews are problematic and dangerous and have real-world consequences. In fact, excuse this behavior is an insult to those who suffer from mental illness.”
Pleasemynews contacted West for comment.