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Jeremy Corbyn deletes tweet thanking Wiley for his support

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn became the latest public figure to distance themselves from Wiley today after the grime star was banned from social media over anti-Semitic rants.

Mr Corbyn deleted a tweet from December thanking the musician for his support at the disastrous general election, which handed Boris Johnson an 80-seat majority.

The rout also forced Mr Corbyn to call time on his five-year leadership of Labour, during which is was dogged by complained of anti-Semitism. 

Wiley – real name Richard Cowie – was permanently suspended from Twitter today after anti-Semitic comments at the weekend which are currently being probed by police.

He  had his Facebook and Instagram accounts removed last night after he launched another inflammatory rant which appeared to contain anti-Semitic remarks. 

The tweet from Mr Corbyn simply said ‘Thank you Wiley’ in response to one from the 41-year-old ‘Godfather of Grime’.

Its deletion on Saturday was picked up by the Twitter account @deletedbyMPs, which monitors political message removals.

Twitter apologised today for being slow to act over a series of anti-Jewish posts on the social media site starting on Friday.

A company spokesperson said: ‘Upon further investigation, our teams have permanently suspended the account in question for repeated violations of our hateful conduct policy.

‘Let us be clear: hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service and we strongly condemn antisemitism. We are sorry we did not move faster and are continuing to assess the situation internally. ‘

The company added: ‘We deeply respect the concerns shared by the Jewish community and online safety advocates, and we will continue to work closely with government, NGOs, civil society partners and our industry peers to tackle antisemitism on Twitter.’

The Campaign Against Antisemitism welcomed the news that ‘Twitter has finally listened’, but said the action was ‘too little too late’.

It said in a statement: ‘It is at least a start for this deeply irresponsible social network.

‘After Twitter’s abysmal response to the blatant ant-Jewish incitement on its platform, last night we decided to literally shine a light on the company and project onto its London headquarters some of the hateful tweets that Twitter permits on its platform.

‘From their pitiful responses to the hate spewed daily on their platform, it is evident that social media companies will stop at nothing to make a profit. It is time for these deeply damaging and irresponsible companies to be held accountable for the hatred they help spread.’

Yesterday the group protested outside the social media company’s London office, projecting on to the building a message that read: ‘Twitter, we are all sick of your mess. CLEAN IT UP!’

Social networks have faced criticism for not acting sooner to take down the content, with Downing Street saying their response ‘has not been good enough’.

Twitter and Instagram’s alleged slowness to act prompted politicians, celebrities and other prominent names to carry out a 48-hour walkout from both platforms, using the hashtag £NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.

Facebook and Instagram banned Wiley from their platforms on Tuesday.

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: ‘It appears that Twitter has now suspended the account of Richard Cowie, or Wiley, six days after he began an extended antisemitic rant and nearly all the way through a 48-hour walkout from Twitter by the Jewish community and its allies.

‘Instagram was also slow on this, deleting his profile only yesterday. It is just not good enough. Social media companies have not been strong or fast enough about tackling racism, misogyny or homophobia.

‘We will be talking to Twitter today, and other social media companies and government partners over the coming days, to make sure this does not happen again. There must be £NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.’

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