Following a string of tweets on Wednesday (Sept. 16) in which he railed against his recording contracts, Kanye West was temporarily suspended from Twitter for a violation of the service’s rules. The 12-hour ban — which a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Billboard — came after the service said that a tweet from the rapper was “removed for posting private information,” with the account “temporarily locked in accordance with our Private Information policy.”
The apparent violation was tied to West posting the phone number of a Forbes magazine editor. Twitter removed the tweet Wednesday and replaced it with a note explaining the rule violation after the rapper had encouraged his followers to call the man. (West was the subject a series of interviews with the financial magazine earlier this summer, in which he laid out his unconventional third-party presidential platform.)
Conservative commentator Candace Owens — who has butted heads with the rapper in the past — tweeted Wednesday night that West asked her to share that his account had been locked. “#FreeKanye,” she added. Shortly after, former Lakers star Rick Fox also appeared to confirm the news of the temporary ban, tweeting, “My friend @kanyewest wants you all to know that he was kicked off of @Twiter for 12 hours.”
In a long string of tweets about his recording deals on Wednesday, West said he was going to upload his Universal Records contracts, while once again referring to the music industry as “modern day slavery.”
“Here are my ten Universal contracts … I need every lawyer in the world to look at these,” he shared before telling followers that the PDFs would not load on Twitter, though he did appear to post dozens of contract documents a short time later.
The 21-time Grammy winner also directed some ire at the Grammys. That afternoon, he shared a video in which it appeared he put one of his trophies in a toilet and relieved himself on it. West had spent much of Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning posting a series of more than two dozen tweets, some featuring favorite Bible verses, others pointed missives at the music industry demanding that what he claimed were overly complicated contracts be “simplified now.”
Before Twitter hit pause on his account, Wednesday’s tweets also included a request from West to U2 singer Bono for a retweet, as well as similar requests to, seemingly, Sir Paul McCartney, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ye’s frequent foil/rival Taylor Swift, that read, “Love you Paul can I get a retweet love you Drake Kendrick even Taylor We need you right noooooow.”
Monday’s missives — in which the rapper said he would not release more music until he was released from his recording contracts — also found West demanding apologies “immediately” from J. Cole and Drake, both of whom he has feuded with in the past. A spokesperson for West did not return requests for comment at press time.
As of press time, West had not tweeted since 1:39 p.m. on Wednesday.