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Kanye West banned from Instagram for 24 hours for violating policy

FILE PHOTO: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Harper's Bazaar'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' Celebration at The Plaza Hotel during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, USA
FILE PHOTO: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Harper’s Bazaar ‘ICONS by Carine Roitfeld’ celebration at The Plaza Hotel during New York Fashion Week on September 9, 2016 in Manhattan, New York, USA. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

March 17, 2022

By Akriti Sharma and Jahnavi Nidumolu

(Reuters) – Kanye West has been suspended from social media network Instagram for 24 hours after the rapper violated the platform’s policy on harassment, a spokesman for parent company Meta Platforms Inc.

The platform deleted content sent from the 44-year-old rapper’s account that violated its policies on “hate speech, bullying and harassment,” spokesman Joe Osborne told Reuters in an emailed statement.

West, who is legally referred to as “Ye,” is not allowed to post, comment or send direct messages from the account for 24 hours, Osborne said, adding that further action could be taken if he continues to violate the regain control guidelines via the account breaches.

West officials did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

According to a report in entertainment industry magazine Variety, West directed racial slurs at The Daily Show host Trevor Noah in an Instagram post after Noah discussed an argument between West, West’s former wife Kim Kardashian, and their boyfriend, the comic “Saturday Night Live,” said Peter Davidson.

The post has since been deleted, the report said.

Meta declined to provide details about the posts that violated its policy.

However, posts from West criticizing actor DL ​​Hughley and SNL writer Dave Sirius can still be seen on his profile.

Kardashian, a businesswoman and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, filed for divorce a year ago, citing irreconcilable differences with West. The couple have four children aged 2 to 8 years.

After the divorce, West took to social media to criticize the reality star’s new relationship with Davidson, publicly appealing for her to get back with him.

A Los Angeles judge this month granted Kardashian’s request to be legally single after nearly eight years of marriage to the rapper.

(Reporting by Akriti Sharma and Jahnavi Nidumolu in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Karishma Singh)

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