Twitter removes Kanye West tweet for violating rules same day as Instagram restricts account for breaching policies

Kanye West.
Kanye West. Photo credit: Getty Images

Twitter has removed one of Kanye West's tweets for violating its rules the same day as his Instagram account was restricted for breaching the platform's policies.

In a tweet on Saturday night (local time), West wrote he was going to go "death con 3 (sic) On JEWISH PEOPLE".

"I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE," he wrote. "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda."

The tweet stayed up for about an hour and received tens of thousands of engagements, The Hollywood Reporter said, but no longer appears on the rapper's Twitter. Instead, there's a notice in its place from Twitter saying, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules".

It came after West's Instagram account was restricted earlier in the day after he posted an exchange allegedly between him and fellow rapper Diddy. Users criticised West for using language that appeared to be anti-Semitic. The post has now been deleted.

West had only just returned to Twitter on Friday following an almost two-year break. The next day, he called out Meta's Mark Zuckerberg and asked him, "How you gone kick me off instagram".

The tweet that Twitter removed.
The tweet that Twitter removed. Photo credit: Twitter / @kanyewest

But the rapper was welcomed back to Twitter by Elon Musk, who has recently confirmed his plans to buy Twitter.

Musk replied to West's tweet about Zuckerberg, saying: "Welcome back to Twitter, my friend."

The last time West tweeted was November 3, 2020, the day of the United States election. He had run for president in that election cycle.

He then returned on October 7 this year where he posted a photo of a black cap that has "2024" printed on it, which many people have taken as a hint he'll be running for president again.

Since his return, he has also tweeted his support for Iranian youth, saying: "Iranian youth are leading a revolution against 44 years of dictatorship. The world needs to support them and honor their courage." He's also asked his followers, "Who you think created cancel culture".