Londoner Wiley – real name Richard Cowie – has been suspended from both platforms for seven days for messages currently being investigated by police.
Priti Patel slammed grime star Wiley today over “heinous” anti-Semitic social media posts – and demanded to know why Twitter and Instagram were taking so long to remove them.
Londoner Wiley – real name Richard Cowie – has been suspended from both platforms for seven days for posts currently under police review.
Activists also asked Instagram to shut down its account to avoid a “new wave of anti-Jewish venom.”
He released a video Friday telling Jews to “come out from under your little rocks” as well as a conspiracy theory on Jewish funding and the establishment of the Klu-Klux Klan, which prompted his management company to tie up close ties with him.
Writing on Twitter this afternoon, Ms Patel said: Wiley’s anti-Semitic messages are heinous.
“They shouldn’t have been able to stay that long on Twitter and Instagram and I asked them for a full explanation.
“Social media companies need to act much faster to remove this appalling hatred from their platforms.
Writing on Twitter this afternoon, Ms Patel said: Wiley’s anti-Semitic messages are heinous’
Police are investigating a series of comments posted on the musician’s Instagram and Twitter accounts on Friday that led to him being banned from the two for seven days.
Following Wiley’s posts, Twitter was accused of “ignoring anti-Semitism” because his tweets were still visible 12 hours after they were first posted.
A number of tweets have now been deleted.
On Sunday, a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said the platform also issued the rapper a seven-day block on his account.
Twitter previously said that Wiley’s account was temporarily locked “for violating our hateful conduct policy”, while Facebook said there was “no room for hate speech on Instagram.”
The musician’s manager, John Woolf, said yesterday that A-List Management had “severed all ties” with the musician.
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism called on police to investigate the content and demanded that Wiley’s accounts be closed “to prevent a new wave of anti-Jewish venom.”
Last night grime producer DJ Spoony joined Labor MP Jess Phillips in condemning the series of tweets, calling them “at best inflammatory and at worst criminal in some ways”.