Twitter has temporarily blocked rapper Kanye West from tweeting any further after he shared a journalist’s number on his timeline.
This afternoon, Kanye shared a screenshot of his phone contact entry for Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane, which displayed his phone number. He wrote with the image, “If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist … this is the editor of Forbes.”
The act of publishing someone else’s private information without permission known as doxxing is considered a violation of Twitter’s policies . The tweet was public for nearly 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon before it was removed for violating Twitter rules
Kanye fired off a few tweets after that before going quiet. CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy noted that Kanye is actually temporarily banned from the platform, writing,
“Twitter is requiring @kanyewest to remove a tweet sharing private info about @RandallLane (which Twitter has hidden from public view for now) to regain access to his account. Until then, he cannot tweet.” Darcy then clarified that this is standard procedure for this sort of situation:
“Also, FWIW, this is how Twitter always enforces its rules. The company hides tweets that break its rules from public view, and locks the account until the owner logs on and removes the tweet.”
Twitter is requiring @kanyewest to remove a tweet sharing private info about @RandallLane (which Twitter has hidden from public view for now) to regain access to his account. Until then, he cannot tweet.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 16, 2020