American rapper Ye, also known as Kanye West, has been temporarily suspended from Instagram for violating the platform’s policies on hate speech, bullying, and harassment.
Although his account remains visible, he will be unable to post, comment, or send direct messages for a period of 24 hours.
Earlier on Wednesday, West had directed a racial slur at Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. The alleged slur reportedly came after Noah talked about an argument between West, his former wife Kim Kardashian, and her current boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson.
A spokesperson for Meta (formerly Facebook), the company that owns Instagram, said the offensive content has been deleted from the platform for violating their policies on hate speech, bullying and harassment. Further, as per the company’s policy to restrict accounts that have repeatedly violated these rules, West’s Instagram account has been suspended for a 24-hour period. The spokesperson added that additional measures will be taken in case of further violations.
In February last year, Kardashian filed for divorce from West, citing irreconcilable differences between the two. The couple has four children together.
Following the divorce, West has often publicly criticised Kardashian’s relationship with Davidson. He also included a disturbing depiction of the comedian being kidnapped and buried alive in the music video for his song Eazy.
However, reports state that Davidson wanted to meet up with the rapper and discuss the whole situation, in person. West reportedly talked about the text messages he received from Davidson in a now-deleted Instagram video.
This is not the first time that the rapper has been caught up in a scandal. Recently, he was named a suspect in a criminal battery investigation, after he allegedly punched a fan. Previously, he had faced heat for his controversial comments about slavery during an interview, back in 2018.