Instagram Restricts Kanye West’s Account and Deletes Content for Violating Policies
A Meta spokesperson confirmed to THR that the company removed content from the rapper’s Instagram account, which uses the @kanyewest handle. The rep also confirmed that the account is still visible but that Meta has placed a restriction on it. This could prevent the user temporarily from posting, commenting, or sending direct messages.
The Meta rep didn’t specify what content was removed or how long the restriction would be in effect.
On Friday, the performer returned to Twitter after a lengthy hiatus, where he criticized Meta chair Mark Zuckerberg and tweeted, in part, “How you gone kick me off instagram.” Elon Musk, who this week confirmed plans to buy Twitter, responded to West’s tweet by posting, “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”
This is a result of West posting a recent Instagram exchange between himself and Diddy. In it, West used language that was criticized as anti-Semitic by other social media users. The post was later deleted.
West also faced backlash for remarks he made about Jared Kushner during West’s recent appearance Tucker Carlson Tonight . These comments were perceived as perpetuating Jewish stereotypes.
Advocacy group American Jewish Committee took to Instagram on Friday to condemn West for “rants laden with racist and antisemitic undertones” and “anti-Jewish posts.”
This is not the first time the star has come under fire for his social media presence. In March, his Instagram account was suspended for 24 hours after he posted a slur targeting The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
In February, West apologized for since-deleted Instagram posts that shared messages between himself and estranged wife Kim Kardashian about her then-boyfriend Pete Davidson. West wrote at the time that “sharing screen shots was jarring and came off as harassing Kim.”
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