UK criticises Twitter and Instagram for being slow to remove anti-Semitic posts

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UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel said on Sunday she had requested Twitter and Instagram for a full explanation of why comments made by rap artist Wiley remained on the media platforms for so long.

KEY POINTS:

  • UK Home Secretary requests an explanation from Twitter and Instagram about how anti-Semitic were not immediately deleted
  • Antisemitism is a growing problem amongst certain factions on the hard-left of British politics
  • Wiley is facing a police investigation, possibly under hate crime laws

Wiley is facing a police investigation after remarks appeared on his media accounts on Friday asserting that Jews systematically exploited Black musicians in the music market.

“The anti-Semitic posts from Wiley are abhorrent,” Priti Patel said on Twitter.

A company spokesperson for Facebook, which possesses Instagram, stated, “There is no place for hate speech on Instagram. We have deleted content that violates our policies from this account and have blocked access to it for seven days.”

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Twitter has deleted any anti-Semitic statements on Wiley’s Twitter accounts. However, it did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wiley, 41, whose actual name is Richard Cowie, released a number one in the UK back in 2012 and also had many other top 10 hits in Grime music, ” a (primarily) urban London-based genre of rap. He obtained a UK government honour for his contribution to the music industry in 2018.

John Woolf, of A-List Management, has stated he would no longer represent the artist.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Piper. Editing by Jane Merriman and Peter Graff.

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