The Home Secretary has demanded a “complete explanation” of why rapper Wiley’s anti-Semitic posts were not removed more quickly on Twitter and Instagram.
Police are investigating multiple posts on the social media accounts of the serious artist. He has been temporarily banned from both Twitter and Instagram.
Preity Patel said the posts were anti-Semitic and “hateful”.
“Social media companies must take more swift action to eradicate this kind of horrible hatred from their platforms,” he said.
Wiley, 41, shared conspiracy theories and insulted Jews on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, which together have more than 940,000 followers.
Twitter removed some of Willie’s tweets with a note stating that they had violated its rules – but other tweets were still visible 12 hours after they were posted. It later said Willie’s account was locked for seven days.
Facebook – which owns Instagram – said Sunday that the platform had blocked the rapper from his account for seven days, and that “there is no place for hate speech on Instagram.”
But London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the steps taken by Twitter and Instagram were not enough.
In a letter from the officials of two social media organizations, He said that once the elements were published on their platform, “the response – to remove it and ban those responsible – should be immediate.
“Content shared on your platform takes minutes to reach millions of viewers. When someone hates influential speech, they can affect their perspective.”
Mr Khan said it was “particularly disappointing” that social media had played a positive role in “broadening the important voice” of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent times.
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The sequel to Willie’s post began on Friday night and was the initial response from its director John Wolf, who has known the artist for 12 years, “He doesn’t really feel that way.”.
However, on Saturday, Mr. Wolf said He “severed all ties” with the London-born rapper And “had no place in anti-Semitic society.”
Wiley first entered the UK singles charts in 2006 with Wearing My Rolex. His subsequent hits include Hitwave and the 2012 collaboration with Bostie, rapper Steflon Don and Shawn Paul and actor Idris Elbar.