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Kanye West returns to Twitter after Instagram ban

Kanye West has reportedly had his Instagram account suspended. In response to the platform’s action, the rapper has returned to Twitter after two years away from the social media giant. 

On Saturday, NBC News confirmed that the controversial rapper was banned from Instagram, with a representative for Meta – the company that owns Instagram – saying he was restricted from posting and had content removed by a moderator after violating the rules and guidelines.

It has not yet been revealed which specific posts Meta had decided to remove from the platform, but as NBC reported, one deleted on Saturday saw West share anti-Semitic sentiments.

The post came after fellow rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs reacted to West’s recent stunt at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, in which he wore a shirt printed with the slogan “White Lives Matter”, a phrase associated with white supremacist groups.

After brandishing such a divisive slogan, West faced significant backlash. Jaden Smith, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, and executives for Supreme and Vogue are among those to express their disapproval.

Following Diddy’s reproach, West shared screenshots of a text exchange between the two rappers on Instagram. 

In one of the texts, West wrote to Diddy: “I’ma use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.”

In his first Tweet since November 4th, 2020, West has shared a photo of a black cap labelled with the year “2024”. This was likely in reference to his recently expressed plans to run for President again in 2024. 

He followed the post with a photo of West singing karaoke with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, accompanied with the caption: “Look at this Mark. How you gone kick me off instagram. You used to be my nigga.”

See Kanye West’s first Twitter activity in over two years below.