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Wiley Has Twitter Account Suspended Following Anti-Semitic Comments

Jess Hardiman

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Wiley Has Twitter Account Suspended Following Anti-Semitic Comments

Wiley's Twitter account has been deleted, following backlash for anti-Semitic comments he posted on social media.

The rapper had been banned from posting to Twitter for seven days, but now his account has been officially suspended by the platform.

"Twitter supends accounts which violate the Twitter rules," a message on his former account reads.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Wiley, whose real name is Richard Cowie, had first posted a screenshot on Instagram that showed he'd been given an hour's-long Twitter ban.

However, on Saturday morning he had resumed tweeting - only to be handed the seven-day ban from the platform.

His Facebook and Instagram accounts have also been deactivated, with a company spokesperson saying in a statement: "There is no place for hate speech on Facebook and Instagram.

"After initially placing Wiley's accounts in a seven day block, we have now removed both his Facebook and Instagram accounts for repeated violations of our policies."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

On Monday, UK's chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis had urged social media bosses to take action.

A letter addressed to Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter said: "Your inaction amounts to complicity. I urge you to take swift action to challenge the hatred that currently thrives on your platform."

In the wake of the controversy, the grime star has also been dropped by his management company, A-List Management.

His manager John Woolf confirmed A-List Management had now 'cut all ties' with Wiley, adding: "There is no place in society for antisemitism."

The Campaign Against Antisemitism urged police to investigate Wiley's posts, while also calling on Twitter to close his account to 'prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish venom'.

In a statement issued last Friday (24 July), a spokesperson said: "Our crime unit has reported this matter to the Metropolitan police service as we consider that Wiley has committed the offence of incitement to racial hatred, which can carry a substantial prison sentence.

"We have additionally asked Twitter and Facebook, which owns Instagram, to close down his accounts which have hundreds of thousands of followers, to prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish venom."

The Metropolitan Police have since confirmed Wiley's comments are now being investigated.

The force said in a statement: "The Met takes all reports of antisemitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, Music

Jess Hardiman
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