Twitter Removes Kanye West Tweet of Forbes Editor’s Phone Number

The rapper released a series of shocking tweets Wednesday criticizing recording contracts and even showing himself urinating on a Grammy award

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Twitter took action Wednesday after Kanye West doxed a Forbes editor during a storm of shocking tweets Wednesday. The rapper accused the editor of being a white supremacist and shared what he said was his phone number.

“If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist … this is the editor of Forbes,” he tweeted, adding a supposed screenshot of his iPhone’s contact listing for someone named “Randall Forbes.” Presumably, the contact name refers to Randall Lane, Forbes’ chief content officer and editor.

A representative for Twitter told TheWrap the microblogging platform had “taken action on the Tweet for posting private information.” Where the tweet once was is a message: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules. Learn more.”

Forbes granted West with the “billionaire” designation in April after what it said was “months of lobbying” by the musician and sneaker mogul. That was just one of the many pieces of news made by the rapper and designer over the past few months. He also launched a presidential campaign and a series of tweetstorms.

While she kept a distance from much of her husband’s news-making behavior over the summer, Kim Kardashian West did wade into the fray in late July, asking the media and the public for “compassion and empathy” for West as he lives with his bipolar disorder in a public spotlight.

A spokesperson for Forbes said Wednesday the company is not going to issue a direct statement but has empathy for West.

Other tweets from West on Wednesday included his recording contracts, pleas for Drake and Taylor Swift to retweet his posts highlighting unfair terms in the music industry and a video of himself urinating on a Grammy award.


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