Twitter removes Kanye West tweet suggesting followers harass journalist


Twitter took down a post by rapper Kanye WestKanye Omari WestKim Kardashian West joins campaign calling for Facebook to take action against hate speech Wisconsin’s top court keeps Green Party off ballot, allows absentee balloting to resume Wisconsin Supreme Court pauses absentee balloting amid dispute over third-party candidates MORE where he listed the phone number of an editor of Forbes magazine. 

“If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist … this is the editor of Forbes,” West tweeted to his 30.9 million followers. 

The post included a screenshot of a contact with the name “Randall Forbes,” which appears to be referring to the magazine’s chief content officer, Randall Lane.

The post was taken down 30 minutes later just before 2 p.m. but not before it garnered 17,000 retweets, according to Business Insider. 

West has bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. He and his wife, Kim KardashianKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestHillicon Valley: TikTok, Oracle seek Trump’s approval as clock winds down | Hackers arrested for allegedly defacing U.S. websites after death of Iranian general | 400K people register to vote on Snapchat Kim Kardashian West joins campaign calling for Facebook to take action against hate speech Kim Kardashian announces end to ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ MORE, have spoken out about his mental illness.

The post violated Twitter’s private information policy, which carries a first-time penalty of having to remove the tweet and having the user temporarily unable to tweet from their account. Until the tweet is taken down, Twitter is hiding it from public view. 

The post comes as West embarks on a long-shot presidential campaign where he has used at least $6 million in his own funds, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings. 

Still, West has failed to make the ballot in several key states and has polled in the low single digits when included in surveys.





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