Wiley: Rapper suspended from Facebook after abusing Jewish critics

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Rapper Wiley has shared abuse of Jewish critics on Facebook after an anti-Semitic tirade

Facebook temporarily suspended rapper Wiley after he shared abusive posts directed at his Jewish critics.

His comments came after an anti-Semitic tirade on Twitter on Friday.

On Facebook, the dirt artist posted under his name Richard Kylea Cowie, the BBC discovered.

He specifically named Jewish celebrities such as Lord Alan Sugar, comedian David Baddiel, and BBC presenter Emma Barnett.

A Facebook spokesperson said the posts violate his policies and that he has blocked access to the grime artist’s Facebook and Instagram profiles. Their profiles have not been removed. The BBC has contacted Wiley for comment.

The posts pointed to abuse against Jewish celebrities who had expressed dismay at Wiley’s tweets. Several mentioned “Golders Green”, a London neighborhood with a large Jewish community.

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Wiley’s personal Facebook page, where he has been posting abuse on Jewish critics

Wiley wrote: “Listen Golders Green call my sister and we’ll see you soon”; “David Baddiel come speak to my face”; and “Who called the police? Are you from Golders Green? I’m coming to sit with you … Maze, you could come since you’ve forgotten what color you are.”

Various comments on the posts also include anti-Semitic abuse.

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Media captionRapper Wiley’s Twitter account has been suspended after anti-Semitic posts.

The latest comments were shared on Wiley’s personal Facebook profile, and not on her official fan page. Although they had relatively little participation, less than 100 likes and comments each, they were visible to the public.

Several of Wiley’s tweets were removed and her Twitter account was temporarily suspended after an anti-Semitic tirade on Friday. A tweet said, “I don’t care about Hitler, I care about blacks,” and he compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan. Most of the publications spread anti-Semitic tropes.

He also had multiple posts deleted by Instagram, but his accounts are still active.

Several prominent users called for a 48-hour boycott of Twitter that started Monday, saying the social network did not take action quickly enough and should have permanently banned Wiley.