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UK criticises Twitter, Instagram for being slow to remove rapper Wiley’s posts

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British interior minister Priti Patel said on Sunday she had asked Twitter and Instagram for a full explanation of why anti-Semitic comments made by rap artist Wiley remained on the social media platforms for so long.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Home Secretary, Priti Patel, speaks to the media near to the scene of reported multiple stabbings in Reading, Britain, June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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LONDON: British interior minister Priti Patel said on Sunday she had asked Twitter and Instagram for a full explanation of why anti-Semitic comments made by rap artist Wiley remained on the social media platforms for so long.

Wiley is facing a police investigation after comments appeared on his social media accounts on Friday asserting that Jews systematically exploited Black artists in the music industry.

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"The anti-Semitic posts from Wiley are abhorrent," Patel said on Twitter.

"They should not have been able to remain on Twitter and Instagram for so long and I have asked them for a full explanation. Social media companies must act much faster to remove such appalling hatred from their platforms."

A company spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: "There is no place for hateRead More – Source