Talib Kweli has been “permanently suspended” from Twitter after “repeated violations” of the positioning’s guidelines, based on a report from Jezebel’s Ashley Reese. Kweli’s suspension, confirmed in a press release from Twitter, follows his alleged harassment of a 24-year-old activist named Maya Moody, who claims the rapper incessantly tweeted at her, typically for “12 hours straight.”
“Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation,” Twitter’s assertion reads. “Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.” The everlasting suspension of Kweli’s account is because of violations of the corporate’s guidelines about abusive behavior and sharing private information, Pitchfork has discovered.
Following Kweli’s alleged harassment, Jezebel experiences that “photos of Moody’s parents and identifying information was leaked by trolls, various Twitter accounts publicized her stepmother’s salary, and she received death threats and threats of sexual abuse from defenders of Kweli’s.”
Kweli and Moody’s interplay started on July 9, when Moody tweeted about Black rappers marrying light-skinned women. In response, Kweli started tweeting at her continuously, suggesting that he wouldn’t cease until she apologized or deleted her account. His response continued on Instagram, the place he shared Moody’s posts and mentioned her feedback in an hour-long Instagram Live video on July 21.
On July 23, Kweli announced that he had “left Twitter for the greener pastures of Patreon.” In a press release to Jezebel, he wrote, “I’ve never cyber harassed anyone in my life. I responded, on Twitter, to the lies that Maya posted about me. When you respond to someone who posts lies about you, that is not harassment.”
When reached by Pitchfork, a Twitter Spokesperson supplied the next remark:
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