Kanye West's Instagram restricted for violating platform policies

Menlo Park, California - Kanye West's Instagram account has been temporarily restricted for 30 days, after violating the platform's policies.

Kanye "Ye" West has been temporarily restricted from Instagram for 30 days for violating platform policies.
Kanye "Ye" West has been temporarily restricted from Instagram for 30 days for violating platform policies.  © REUTERS

The rapper will not be able to post, comment, or send direct messages during this time, and content was removed from his account.

It comes as West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, continues to face backlash for antisemitic comments he has made on social media.

Last week, he was escorted from the LA office of footwear brand Skechers, as well as being dropped by Adidas – a move that cost him his billionaire status.

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West used the alternative messaging platform Parler, which he is in the process of buying, to announce he had once again been penalized on Instagram.

US media outlets reported that the rapper had made a disparaging remark about "Jewish business people" in a conversation that he had screenshotted and posted to his page.

A Meta spokesperson confirmed to the PA news agency that content from West's account had been deleted for violating its policies and that the account had been restricted.

PA understands that the restrictions will be in place for 30 days.

The spokesperson added that such restrictions were put in place on users that repeatedly break its rules.

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Many companies and brands have ended their relationships with West in the wake of his antisemitic hate speech.
Many companies and brands have ended their relationships with West in the wake of his antisemitic hate speech.  © REUTERS

West's account was previously locked for 24 hours back in March, following a string of online attacks he made against his ex-wife Kim Kardashian's then-boyfriend, SNL comedian Pete Davidson.

At the time Meta confirmed that content from the account was also deleted for violating its policies on hate speech and bullying.

Other recent fallout from the rapper's antisemitic comments have included being dropped by talent agency CAA and the Balenciaga fashion house.

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Last Wednesday, Madame Tussauds in London said that it had moved its wax figure of West from public view and into the museum's archive.

West has long been an outspoken figure and was criticized earlier this month for wearing a "White Lives Matter" T-shirt to the showing of his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Following the controversy, Kardashian and members of her family have called for an end to the "terrible violence and hateful rhetoric" towards the Jewish community.

Following his comments, demonstrators in Los Angeles unfurled banners on an overpass on Sunday, praising West for his antisemitic public statements.

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