Grime artist Wiley was permanently banned from Twitter, five days after the publication of anti-Semitic notes.
This is followed by a 48-hour boycott of Twitter by many users about what they said was an unacceptable delay in resolving problematic tweets.
“We̵7;re sorry we didn’t move faster,” he said in a Twitter statement.
The escalation comes the day after Facebook and Instagram removed the music star’s accounts for “repeated violations” of their rules.
Twitter said it took a similar step because the artist violated his policy of hate behavior.
The San Francisco-based company previously temporarily suspended Wiley, leaving many of his past tweets visible. However, she stated that she had decided to make the ban permanent and to delete all her past contributions from her platform “after further consideration”.
“We deeply respect the concerns shared by the Jewish community and online security advocates,” the statement said, promising to continue tackling anti-Semitism.
Wiley’s first tweets appeared on Friday night.
One tweet read, “I don’t care about Hitler, I care about black people,” and compared the Jewish community with the Ku Klux Klan.
The star, known as the “godfather of dirt”, won the MBE award for music services in 2018.
But Twitter didn’t remove this or other tweets or issue its first temporary ban until later in the weekend.
Marianna Spring, specialized misinformation and social media reporter
The permanent suspension of the rapper’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles was widely welcomed.
However, it is a symbol of slow action on hate abuse from social media sites. And many wonder why it took so long.
From time to time, decisive steps have been taken by social media in relation to racist abuse, misinformation or hate speech only when the comments reached thousands of users.
What does Twitter need to decide on anti-Semitic abuse?
In this case, it seems to be external pressure – this step will occur after a boycott of users.
It also seems to depend on what other social media sites decide to do: Facebook yesterday decided to suspend Wiley’s accounts, and then Twitter seemed to follow suit.
Thanks to the pressure-increasing Stop Hate for Profit campaign and the increased focus on the way social media sites fight hate speech and misinformation, attention in these scenarios will intensify to Twitter, Facebook and Google.
The delay in Twitter’s activities caused a 48-hour boycott of Twitter by many users – including celebrities and MPs – on Monday morning. Organizers said the time reflects “48 hours of pure racial hatred” accused Twitter of giving Wiley.
On Tuesday, Facebook issued a ban after it was discovered that Wiley had published offensive material on his personal page using his real name, Richard Cowie.
Twitter followed the suit on Wednesday, after what it said was a thorough investigation.
Despite this move, a group of representatives of British Jewish lawyers said that Twitter and Facebook were slow and added “this is not good enough”.
“Social media companies have not been strong or fast enough to address racism, misogyny or homophobia,” she said in a statement.
The anti-Semitism campaign repeated this sentiment, writing that Twitter was “finally listening”.
“Closing a Wiley account is too late, but at least it’s the beginning of this deeply irresponsible social network,” she said.