Facebook suspends Wiley’s Facebook and Instagram profiles over anti-Semitic rants


FACEBOOK has suspended Wiley’s Facebook and Instagram profiles after he shared a series of posts aimed at his Jewish critics.

The grime artist hit back on Facebook under his real name Richard Kylea Cowie, after causing a Twitter boycott with a series of anti-Semitic tweets on Friday.

In a series of posts on Facebook, Wiley called out Jewish celebrities who had expressed concern over his tweets – including Lord Alan Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC presenter Emma Barnett.

One post read: “I spoke on Twitter the way Lord Sugar speak before and 12 police was at my door.”

Others read: “David Baddiel come and talk to my face” and “Who called the police? Are you from Golders Green? I am coming to sit down with you.”

A Facebook spokesperson said Wiley’s account was removed for “repeated violations” of its policies.

It initially suspended, then deleted Wiley’s Facebook and Instagram profiles, the BBC reports.

Wiley’s latest comments were shared on his personal Facebook profile, rather than his official page.

Although they gained relatively little engagement, they were still visible to the public.

It comes after the rapper was banned from Twitter for 12 hours and dropped by his manager after an anti-Semitic rant.

The grime artist made a string of shocking comments to Twitter on Friday, branding Jewish people “too touchy,” and saying Israel “is not yours.”

The Home Secretary slammed the “abhorrent” posts and blasted Twitter and Instagram for failing to take them down quickly enough.

And the Prime Minister’s spokesman said yesterday: “Social media companies need to go much further and faster in removing hateful content such as this.”

“The message is clear: Twitter needs to do better on this.”

The Metropolitan Police said they had received a number of reports about the tweets and are investigating.


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