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Facebook suspends Wiley’s Facebook and Instagram profiles over anti-Semitic rants

FACEBOOK has suspended Wiley's Facebook and Instagram profiles after he shared a series of posts aimed at his Jewish critics.

The grime artist hit back on Facebook under his real name Richard Kylea Cowie, after causing a Twitter boycott with a series of anti-Semitic tweets on Friday.

Rapper Wiley pictured at the Brit Awards in 2017
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Rapper Wiley pictured at the Brit Awards in 2017Credit: AFP - Getty
Wiley suggested what he wrote on Twitter was no worse than what Alan Sugar has written in the past
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Wiley suggested what he wrote on Twitter was no worse than what Alan Sugar has written in the past
Facebook has suspended Wiley's personal profile
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Facebook has suspended Wiley's personal profile

In a series of posts on Facebook, Wiley called out Jewish celebrities who had expressed concern over his tweets - including Lord Alan Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC presenter Emma Barnett.

One post read: "I spoke on Twitter the way Lord Sugar speak before and 12 police was at my door."

Others read: "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."

A Facebook spokesperson said Wiley's account was removed for "repeated violations" of its policies.

It initially suspended, then deleted Wiley's Facebook and Instagram profiles, the BBC reports.

PERSONAL TIRADE

Wiley's latest comments were shared on his personal Facebook profile, rather than his official page.

Although they gained relatively little engagement, they were still visible to the public.

It comes after the rapper was banned from Twitter for 12 hours and dropped by his manager after an anti-Semitic rant.

The grime artist made a string of shocking comments to Twitter on Friday, branding Jewish people "too touchy," and saying Israel "is not yours."

The Home Secretary slammed the "abhorrent" posts and blasted Twitter and Instagram for failing to take them down quickly enough.

And the Prime Minister's spokesman said yesterday: "Social media companies need to go much further and faster in removing hateful content such as this."

"The message is clear: Twitter needs to do better on this.”

The Metropolitan Police said they had received a number of reports about the tweets and are investigating.

Wiley mentioned BBC reporter Emma Barnett in his posts
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Wiley mentioned BBC reporter Emma Barnett in his postsCredit: PA:Press Association
He also mentioned Alan Sugar who expressed concern over Wiley's tweets
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He also mentioned Alan Sugar who expressed concern over Wiley's tweetsCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Wiley hit back at his Jewish critics
Wiley hit back at his Jewish critics
The grime artist's Facebook and Instagram accounts have now been suspended
The grime artist's Facebook and Instagram accounts have now been suspended
Police investigate Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets after rapper is banned from Twitter and dropped by manager