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."