UK Rapper Wiley Says ‘I’m Not Racist' After Twitter Ban

British rapper Wiley apologised on Wednesday for “generalising” in a series of anti-Semitic posts that got him permanently banned by Twitter.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“I’m not racist, you know. I’m a businessman,” Wiley told Sky News after the social media platform made its initial suspension of the artist permanent.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“I want to apologise for generalising, and I want to apologise for comments that were looked at as anti-Semitic.”

The 41-year-old east Londoner — born Richard Cowie but known to his fans as the “Godfather of Grime” — is one of the most popular and successful artists in the British rap scene.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

He had around half a million followers before Twitter suspended him for seven days last Friday for a series of posts that compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Other posts said Jews controlled business interests and should get out of Israel because it “is not your country”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Wiley also shared the posts on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Facebook deactivated his Instagram account on Tuesday and Twitter permanently banned him on Wednesday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

But Twitter’s decision only followed a 48-hour boycott launched by several UK celebrities and members of parliament for leaving some of his posts visible for hours.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Twitter said it had used the temporary suspension period to review the case.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“Upon further investigation, our teams have permanently suspended the account in question for repeated violations of our hateful conduct policy,” Twitter said in a statement.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“Let us be clear: hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service and we strongly condemn anti-Semitism.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“We are sorry we did not move faster and are continuing to assess the situation internally.”

British police have also said they are investigating his statements on social media accounts.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The Campaign Against Antisemitism said it welcomed the news that Twitter had “finally listened”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

But it said the decision was “too little, too late”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“It is at least a start for this deeply irresponsible social network,” the group added.

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