Rapper Talib Kweli has been suspended from Twitter following harassment allegations.
According to Jezebel, a spokesperson for the social media app confirmed that the rapper’s account was deactivated after he repeatedly violated the site’s rules. “Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation,” they said in a statement. “Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.”
Kweli’s suspension came after he allegedly harassed a 24-year-old student activist named Maya Moody. Their exchange began last month after Moody had called out Black rappers for marrying light-skinned women. Kweli later responded to Moody’s tweet demanding her to apologize and to stay out of other people’s business.
“Are we talking all of my relationships? My children’s mother as well? Or are you only talking about who you think I’m currently in a relationship right now? I mean, is any of this really any of your business?” the rapper wrote, per Complex.
Kweli then continued to tweet at Moody, and at times for more than “12 hours straight in a single day,” Jezebel reported. He also dug out Moody’s past tweets to point out her hypocrisy and attacked her on her other social media accounts including Instagram. Moody claimed she had even received death threats and threats of sexual abuse from Kweli’s fans. Photos of her family members and their private information were also leaked online.
“It’s definitely been draining and overwhelming,” Moody told Jezebel. “Yesterday alone, I had to get 12 different accounts suspended for trying to make new profiles doxing my family and me using my stepmom’s name and pictures and where we live… basically pretending to be my stepmom on Twitter.”
Prior to Kweli’s suspension from Twitter, the rapper announced that he was leaving the app to move to the membership-based platform Patreon, where he plans to share his new album and exclusive tracks with his “real fans.” “Now most of my exchanges will always be with real fans who invest in me,” he wrote.
Kweli’s upcoming solo record, Cultural Currency, is expected to arrive on Patreon later this year.