Wiley: Grime artist permanently suspended from Twitter for anti-Semitic posts | Ents & Arts News


Wiley’s Twitter account has been permanently suspended following a 48-hour series of anti-Semitic posts over the weekend.

The grime artist’s suspension also comes after a two-day outing of Twitter users, including celebrities and MPs, under the hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.

Wiley – real name Richard Kylea Cowie, and known to many in the music industry as the “Godfather of the Grime” – was initially sentenced to a seven-day ban by the social media giant for its posts.

Among those praising Cowie’s suspension from Twitter was actor Tracy-Ann Oberman, known for her roles in Friday Night Dinner and Doctor Who, who helped organize the digital clutch.

“This is a result for ALL minorities. Jew Haters – these sites are not your megaphones, ”she tweeted.

Cowie was also banned from the two on Wednesday Facebook and Instagram for a new series of anti-Semitic messages.

An unverified Facebook account under her real name targeted several Jewish celebrities – including businessman Lord Alan Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC presenter and Telegraph columnist Emma Barnett.

A message on the account asked Baddiel to “come and talk to me.”

Another said, “Emma Barnett has me on your show. “

The musician is known as the “Godfather of the Grime”, hailed as a pioneer of the genre
Wiley received an MBE for his services to music in 2018

The British Jews’ Council of Deputies, the UK’s largest and oldest Jewish community group, slammed Twitter, saying Cowie’s suspension did not go far enough.

“Social media companies haven’t been strong enough or fast enough to tackle racism, misogyny or homophobia,” said board chair Marie van der Zyl, who added that Instagram also had been “slow” to act.

She said: “We will be talking to Twitter today, and other social media companies and government partners over the next few days, to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“There must be #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate. “

Acteur Tracy-Ann Oberman

“Anti-Jewish hatred is alive”

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Twitter said in a statement that it has now permanently suspended Cowie’s account in accordance with its hate behavior rules, and apologized for its response.

“Let’s be clear: hateful behavior has absolutely no place in our service and we strongly condemn anti-Semitism,” the social media company said.

“We are sorry that we did not progress faster and continue to assess the situation internally.

“We deeply respect the concerns shared by the Jewish community and online safety advocates, and we will continue to work closely with government, NGOs, civil society partners and our industry peers to fight against anti-Semitism on Twitter. “


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