Priti Patel has called for an explanation from Twitter and Instagram over the length of time it took to remove a series of antisemitic posts made by Wiley.
Police are currently investigating a series of antisemitic comments posted on Wiley’s social media channels, where he reinforced a string of racist stereotypes about Jewish people.
Tweeting on Sunday, the Home Secretary described his tweets as “abhorrent,” stating that she has asked Twitter and Instagram “for a full explanation.”
After many people called for the removal of the tweets, many have since been removed and Wiley has been issued a seven-day Twitter ban.
The antisemitic posts from Wiley are abhorrent.
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.
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) July 26, 2020
Wiley’s former management company, A-List Management, has now cut all ties with him, with long-running manager John Woolf tweeting: “There is no place in society for antisemitism.”
Following Wileys anti semitic tweets today we at @A_ListMGMT have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for antisemitism.
— John Woolf (@Jrwoolfw) July 24, 2020
Labour MP Jess Phillips also tweeted about Wiley, stating “This is dangerous stuff,” before joining a 48-hour Twitter boycott with the hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate that saw Jessie Ware, Armando Iannucci and many more temporarily leave the social media site.
Just seen all the Wiley stuff. Why on earth have @Twitter left up such blatant antisemitism and hatred? It hits all the dangerous beats, Jews get things you don’t get, they are in control, they think their better… This is dangerous stuff. Surely it should come down.
— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 25, 2020