Willy is permanently suspended by Twitter over semicolonism

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Grimm artist Willie has been permanently banned from Twitter five days after posting anti-Semist remarks.

This follows a 48-hour boycott of Twitter by many users, which they said caused unacceptable delays in dealing with objectionable tweets.

“We regret that we did not move fast,” Twitter said in a statement.

The escalation comes a day after Facebook and Instagram removed the music star’s accounts for “repeated violations” of their rules.

Twitter said it had taken a similar step because the artist broke its “disgusting conduct” policy.

The San Francisco-based firm previously suspended Willy temporarily and appeared to have several of his previous tweets. But it said it had decided to make the ban permanent, and erased all its old posts from its platform “on further consideration”.

“We deeply respect the concerns shared by the Jewish community and online security advocates,” the statement said.

Willy’s first tweet surfaced on Friday night.

One tweet read: “I don’t care about Hitler, I care about black people”, and compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan.

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Media captionRapper Willie’s Twitter account has been suspended following anti-Semar posts.

The star, known as the “Godfather of Grimm”, was awarded the MBE for services to music in 2018.

But Twitter did not delete that or other tweet, or issued a temporary ban earlier, until later weekends.


By Mariana Spring, expert disinfection and social media reporter

The permanent suspension of the rapper’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles has been widely welcomed.

However, it signifies a lethargy from social media sites to crack down on hateful abuse. And many are asking why it took so long.

Repeatedly, decisive action on racist abuse, misinformation or hate speech from social media sites has occurred only once when the comments have reached thousands of users.

What does it take for Twitter to take decisive action against anti-semicolon abuses?

In this case it appears to be external pressure – the move comes after boycott by users.

And it also depends on what other social media sites like to do: Facebook yesterday moved to suspend Willie’s accounts, and then Twitter appeared to follow suit.

With the Stop Hate for Profit campaign to increase pressure on how social media sites deal with profane language and misinformation, and in such a way that the focus on Twitter, Facebook and Google in these scenarios will increase the light.

The delay in taking action on Twitter prompted a 48-hour boycott of Twitter by many users – including celebrities and MPs – starting Monday morning. The organizers said the time reflected “48 hours of pure race hatred”. He accused Twitter of giving it to Willie.

On Tuesday, Facebook issued a ban after Willie found out posting abusive content on his personal page using his real name, Richard Coumey.

Twitter said on Wednesday after conducting a thorough investigation into the matter that it is completely justified.

Despite the move, the British Jews’ advocacy group said both Twitter and Facebook had slowed down the act, saying “it’s just not good enough”.

“Social media companies have not been strong or fast to deal with casteism, misrule or homophobia,” the statement said.

The campaign against antisemitism echoed the sentiment that Twitter had “finally listened to”.

“It is too late to close Willy’s account, but it is at least a start for this deeply irresponsible social network,” it said.

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