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Kanye West, also known as Ye, was suspended Sunday from Instagram for the next 30 days after posting a photo of a virtual conversation in which he referred “derogatorily” to Jewish businessmen, a Meta spokesman confirmed Monday to the press.
West, who in recent weeks has been the subject of countless controversies and vetoes due to various anti-Semitic comments, had already announced this suspension a day earlier through his account on Parler, the conservative social network that he himself is set to acquire.
The publication that the artist was trying to upload to Instagram revealed an exchange of text messages with Russell Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam Recordings label, in which the latter urged West to “rebuild the business” and obtained in response a statement considered anti-Semitic for Meta, the company that owns Instagram.
“I have to get Jewish businessmen to make fair contracts or die trying,” he said in the post that led to a new suspension just 4 days after being readmitted after another veto in this social network for the same reason.
Likewise, he also posted a screenshot of the notification he received at the time he was banned, which could read, “We restrict certain activity to protect our community. Based on your usage, this action will not be available to you until November 29, 2022.”
A Meta spokesperson confirmed to the press that the company removed content from Ye’s account and canceled it for a month for “repeatedly violating policies,” so he will not be allowed to post, comment, or send direct messages until the veto expires.
Earlier in October, Instagram already removed content from Ye’s account and, like Twitter, temporarily restricted it.
The career of the renowned artist has been dented in recent weeks by his controversial comments on social media, even damaging his commercial agreements with major brands.
Among other recent controversies, German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas last week ended its cooperation with Kanye West after several “unacceptable and anti-Semitic” statements by the rapper.