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Grime artist Wiley is dropped by management

Grime artist Wiley has been given a seven-day ban from Twitter over a series of anti-Semitic tweets which are being reviewed by police – as a campaign calls on Instagram to shut down his account to prevent a ‘further outpouring of anti-Jewish venom’.  

The musician was given an hours-long ban after tweeting a stream of comments on Friday evening, but was back online by Saturday morning.

However, after he resumed tweeting, he was given a seven-day ban from the social media platform. 

However, the social media platform has been accused of ‘ignoring anti-semitism’ because his tweets are still visible 12 hours after they were first posted. 

He also posted a series of videos discussing the ban to his Instagram account. In one he said ‘crawl out from under your little rocks and defend your Jewish privilege’.

He also claimed that he cut ties with his management company, rather than the other way around. 

A Facebook spokesperson told the MailOnline in a statement: ‘There is no place for hate speech on Instagram. We have deleted content that violates our policies from this account and are continuing to investigate.’

While the video of Wiley telling Jewish people to ‘crawl out from under your little rocks’ has been removed, a post showing a snip of a tweet of a conspiracy theory about Jews funding and creating the KKK remains. 

MailOnline has asked for further clarification on the removal of content. 

When questioned on Wiley’s comments by MailOnline, the Metropolitan Police referred to a statement on the LBTowerHamlets Twitter feed which says, ‘the relevant material is being assessed’. 

The musician’s manager John Woolf said this morning A-List Management had ‘cut all ties’ with the musician following a series of social media posts made on accounts belonging to him on Friday. 

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has asked police to investigate the content and called for Wiley’s accounts to be shut down ‘to prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish venom’. 

This afternoon Grime producer DJ Spoony joined Labour MP Jess Phillips to condemn the series of tweets, calling them ‘at best inflammatory and at worst criminal in some aspects’.

Mr Woolf, who is Jewish, wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning: ‘Following Wileys anti semitic tweets today we at @A_ListMGMT have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for antisemitism.’

 He told MailOnline yesterday: ”To be very clear here. I do not support or condone what Wiley has said today online in any way shape or form. 

‘I am a proud Jewish man and I am deeply shocked and saddened but what he has chosen to say. 

‘I am speaking to key figures in my community in light of today’s tweets. This behaviour and hateful speech is not acceptable to me.’ 

One post on an unverified Twitter account in Wiley’s name, which Mr Woolf confirmed to the PA news agency belongs to the star, read: ‘I would challenge the whole world of Jewish community on my own I am not scared I can handle them.’

Wiley, known as the Godfather of Grime and whose real name is Richard Cowie, received an MBE for services to music in 2018.

Mr Woolf earlier said in the 12 years in which he had worked with Wiley he ‘can say that he is not anti-Semitic’.

The manager wrote on Twitter that he does not ‘support or condone what Wiley has said today online in anyway shape or form’.

He added: ‘We are going to help educate him here on this.’

In a statement issued on Friday, a spokesperson for the Campaign Against Antisemitism said: ‘Our Crime Unit has reported this matter to the Metropolitan Police Service as we consider that Wiley has committed the offence of incitement to racial hatred, which can carry a substantial prison sentence.

‘We have additionally asked Twitter and Facebook, which owns Instagram, to close down his accounts which have hundreds of thousands of followers, to prevent further outpouring of anti-Jewish venom.’

They added that they would be contacting the Cabinet Office to ask that Wiley’s MBE is revoked.

The spokesperson said: ‘Wiley has many hundreds of thousands of followers on social media and we have seen today that many of them truly believe the unhinged hatred that he is spreading.

‘We are treating this as a very serious matter which must be met with the firmest of responses.’ 

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Twitter feed said: ‘We have received a number of reports relating to alleged anti-Semitic tweets posted on social media. 

‘The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed.’ 

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