Kanye West Suspended from Posting on Instagram for 24 Hours for Violating Platform’s Policy Against Hate Speech, Bullying, and Harassment

Kanye West at his ‘Donda 2’ listening party last month Walik Goshorn/MediaPunch /IPX

Kanye West has been suspended from posting to Instagram for the next 24 hours, a Meta spokesperson confirmed to Deadline tonight. The action comes after a series of posts aimed at ex-wife Kim Kardashian, her boyfriend Pete Davidson, comedian D.L. Hughley and, most recently, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

Noah addressed the situation on his show Tuesday night with a take that was short on gossip and long on empathy, understanding and hope for healing.

In a since-removed post, West — who has 15 million Instagram followers — today shared the lyrics to a well-known song about hope and togetherness, but he replaced one word with a like-sounding racial slur seemingly aimed at Noah for his Daily Show bit.

Meta spokesperson Joe Osborne indicated that Instagram had deleted one of West’s posts — ostensibly the above-mentioned one — and indicated the hip-hop superstar violated the platform’s hate speech, bullying and harassment policies. In addition, he is prohibited from posting further, sending or receiving DMs or commenting for 24 hours. The platform said will take additional action if it becomes aware of further violations, Osborne said.

Noah, for his part, seemed to be taking pains to give everyone the benefit of the doubt in his Daily Show bit Tuesday night, a courtesy West did not apparently return.

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SOURCE: Deadline, Tom Tapp

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