Kanye West’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were restricted over the weekend, with the social media platforms saying they removed the rapper’s posts after online users condemned them as antisemitic.
West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, had his Instagram account suspended after a since-removed post in which he allegedly invoked antisemitic tropes, accusing a musician of being controlled by “the Jewish people”.
After he was locked out of his Instagram, he took to Twitter, where he tweeted on Saturday for the first time in two years.
He posted a blurry photo of the rapper and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg singing karaoke, saying: “Look at this Mark How you gone kick me off Instagram.”
West then tweeted: “You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”
The step by Twitter Inc to lock the rapper’s account was noteworthy because billionaire Elon Musk, who has said he would buy Twitter and calls himself a free speech absolutist, had welcomed West’s return to the platform and replied to a post by the rapper tweeting: “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”
Instagram said on Saturday temporary restrictions on posting, commenting and messaging were imposed on West’s
It comes following controversy at Paris Fashion Week after a “secret” catwalk event hosted by the rapper included a T-shirt with the slogan “White Lives Matter”, the Guardian reported.