Grime artist Wiley has received a seven-day Twitter ban and was withdrawn by his management company over allegations of anti-Semitism.
The musician was banned an hour after he tweeted a series of comments on Friday evening, but was back online Saturday morning.
However, after he started tweeting again, he got a seven-day spell from the social media platform.
He also posted an Instagram video in which he said, “Get out of your way and defend your Jewish privilege.”
Twitter was previously accused of “ignoring anti-Semitism,” since its tweets were still visible 12 hours after they were first posted. However, a number of tweets have now been removed. Twitter has been contacted for comment.
We are dealing with this as a very serious matter that needs to be answered with the strongest responsesCampaign against anti-Semitism
His manager John Woolf said A-List Management had ‘severed’ the bond with the musician following the series of social media posts posted to his accounts on Friday.
The anti-Semitism campaign has asked police to investigate the content and has called for Wiley’s accounts to be “closed to prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish poison.”
The Jewish Woolf wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning: “After Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets today, we cut ties with him at @A_ListMGMT. There is no place in society for anti-Semitism. ‘
He had previously said that he did not support or approve of what Wiley had posted, but that he would speak to him privately and “help raise him.”
A message on an unverified Twitter account in the name of Wiley, of which Mr. Woolf confirmed that the PA news agency is a star, said: “I would challenge the whole world of the Jewish community alone, I am not afraid that I can handle them. “
I just saw all the Wiley stuff. Why the hell @Twitter left such blatant anti-Semitism and hatred? It hits all the dangerous beats, Jews get things you don’t get, they are in control, they think they are better … These are dangerous things. It should come down anyway.
– Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 25, 2020
The social media site has come under attack because the tweets remain visible.
Labor Member of Parliament Jess Phillips said, “I just saw all the Wiley stuff. Why the hell did @Twitter leave such blatant anti-Semitism and hatred? It hits all the dangerous beats, Jews get things you don’t get, they are in control, they think they are better … These are dangerous things. It should come down anyway. ‘
Fellow MP Neil Coyle added, “His management appears to be able to act faster than @Twitter and reiterates that legislation (including the Online Harms bill) should ensure that social media platforms are not used to spread hate.”
Independent government advisor on anti-Semitism, John Mann, said the tweets “showed exactly why the law needs to be changed to be reasonably accountable.”
His management seems to be able to act faster than @Twitter stressing once again that legislation (including the bill for online harm) should ensure that social media platforms are not used to spread hatred. https://t.co/ge3RUkquG7
– Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) July 25, 2020
This is not the first time the social media site has been accused of ‘allowing racism’.
Last week, it promoted a viral hashtag that contained numerous anti-Semitic tweets.
Several posts of anti-Jewish racism and Holocaust denial were presented to users who viewed the hashtag #JewishPrivilege, which was popular in the UK earlier in July.
Known as the Godfather of Grime and whose real name is Richard Cowie, Wiley received an MBE for services to music in 2018.
I can’t understand how acceptable it is for someone with nearly 400,000 followers, influencing impressionable young minds, to continue to express anti-Semitic hatred for 12 hours without the intervention of Twitter or the lawKaren Pollock, Holocaust Educational Trust
In a Friday statement, a spokesperson for the anti-Semitism campaign said: “Our crime unit has reported this issue to the Metropolitan Police Service, as we believe that Wiley has committed incitement to racial hatred that could carry a significant prison sentence .
“We also asked Twitter and Facebook, which owns Instagram, to close its accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, to prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish poison.”
They added that they would contact the cabinet to request that Wiley’s MBE be withdrawn.
The spokesperson said, “Wiley has hundreds of thousands of social media followers and we have seen today that many of them really believe the unhinged hatred he spreads.
“We are dealing with this as a very serious matter that needs to be answered with the strongest responses.”
Karen Pollock, the director of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “I can’t understand how acceptable it is for someone with nearly 400,000 followers, influencing impressionable young minds, to continue to express anti-Semitic hatred of Twitter or the law for 12 hours without intervention.
“This stream of racist, anti-Jewish posts hurts a lot. This kind of sedition must have consequences. Rather than using his role as a force for good, this rant suggests that this musician does the opposite. ‘
The tweets have also been condemned by the Anti-Semitism Policy Trust, which said the reports “spark further hatred.”
A spokesman said, “This is now a lawful case. The despicable abuse and failure of social media companies to act underscores the importance of the upcoming bill for online damage to the government.
“We took action when we saw the abuse and contacted relevant authorities. It should not be left to charities and citizens to deal with this content continuously. ‘