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Kanye West’s Twitter Account Locked Over Purported Anti-Semitic Tweet


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Kanye West’s

social-media account after the musician and designer posted a message that violated its policies, the company said Sunday. 

The social-media platform removed a purported anti-Semitic tweet from Mr. West’s account that was published overnight Saturday. A message stating “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules” has now replaced the deleted post. 

Mr. West’s Instagram account has also been locked over a post that violated company policy, according to a spokesperson for Instagram parent

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Both Twitter and Instagram have policies that prohibit the posting of offensive language, among other restrictions. 

Representatives for Mr. West couldn’t be reached Sunday for comment. 

Mr. West’s Twitter account is still online, but according to the company’s stated policies, Twitter can prevent him from posting messages while the dispute is resolved.  

“The account in question has been locked due to a violation of Twitter’s policies,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email. 

An Instagram spokeswoman said the company deleted content from Mr. West’s account and placed a restriction on it that prevents posting. 

The company can restrict users who repeatedly break its rules, according to its guidelines. 

After Instagram put a hold on Mr. West’s account over a purported anti-Semitic message posted there, the performer returned to Twitter, where he hadn’t tweeted since November 2020.

He used it to complain about his treatment at the hands of Instagram executives. 

“How you gone kick me off Instagram?” he wrote Friday, along with a picture of himself with Meta founder and Chief Executive

Mark Zuckerberg.

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Chief Executive

Elon Musk,

who is currently in negotiations to buy Twitter, sent his own message to Mr. West. 

“Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!” wrote Mr. Musk. 

Mr. West has been enmeshed in controversy over his public messaging and social media before, including last week when he appeared at his Yzy fashion show in Paris wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt

The phrase, an inversion of “Black Lives Matter”—the movement that, among other things, aims to restrict police use of force and transfer police funding to other services—is often used by white supremacist groups, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

A few days later,

Adidas AG

said it decided to place its partnership with Mr. West under review, putting in doubt an arrangement that has produced the popular Yeezy collection of sneakers.

The German sportswear giant said its decision comes after repeated attempts to privately resolve disputes with Mr. West and that it will continue to jointly manage the current Yeezy product in its inventory.

Mr. West has criticized Adidas and

Gap Inc.

on Instagram in recent months, accusing his fashion partners of stealing his designs and breaking promises to expand his ventures. Gap decided to end its relationship with Mr. West last month.

Mr. West, in an Instagram post Thursday, criticized the statement from Adidas. “I AM ADIDAS,” the post said, which included a claim that the company stole his designs. Attorneys who represented Mr. West in his disputes with Gap couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Adidas said its partnership with Yeezy was one of the most successful collaborations in the industry. Yeezy sneakers and other items, including clothing and sandals, created under the partnership have sold out quickly. “We also recognize that all successful partnerships are rooted in mutual respect and shared values,” the statement from Adidas said. 

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