By: KERSHAW ST. JAWNSON
Social media platforms are no longer tolerating platinum-selling rapper Wiley’s water-shedding of insults against the Jewish community, and have made moves to protect others from his ethnically-directed hate speech.
Days after British rapper Wiley went on an almost 12-hour anti-Semitic rant on Twitter, Facebook has deleted his personal account on their main social media platform and Instagram.
Apparently, the “Godfather of Grime” carried over his venom against the Jews from one platform to the next. According to the BBC, several posts were found under his birth name, Richard Kylea Cowie that referred to celebrities of Jewish descent in a derogatory manner.
Wiley wrote: “Listen Golders Green ring my sister and let’s meet asap…David Baddiel come and talk to my face…” and “Who called the police? Are you from Golders Green? I am coming to sit down with you… Labyrinth you could come along as you have forgotten what colour you are…”
Though he misspelled his name, it was clear that he was referring to Labrinth, an East London emcee who checked Wiley over the weekend for his defiant stance that offended millions of his fans.
A representative said that he was removed because he was in “repeated violation” of the company’s policy on hate speech.
Facebook’s Community Standards (12) reads as such:
” We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence”
“We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We protect against attacks on the basis of age when age is paired with another protected characteristic and also provide certain protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.”
Wiley, who helped pioneer grime and was awarded an MBE in 2018, drew widespread condemnation with his rant on Twitter, where he compared Jews with the Ku Klux Klan, and described them as snakes. He was dropped by his management company, but his social media platforms stayed active.
Facebook’s decision increases pressure on Twitter, who have temporarily suspended the grime star but not banned him. A number of prominent users, including Greenpeace UK, Gary Lineker, Alan Sugar and various MPs, have started a 48-hour boycott of Twitter to push for stronger action on antisemitism.
Wiley originally made the comments on the platform, later switching to Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, to discuss them and share videos of his week-long temporary Twitter suspension. He later made additional comments on Facebook, saying: “Black people we have always been below them in their eyes … Why do certain people from other races want us below them?” On Instagram, he shared a conspiracy theory again linking Jews and the Ku Klux Klan.