Conservative Breitbart columnist and notorious internet troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, will not be able to spew his contentiously hateful comments on Twitter anymore.
A day after the 32-year-old bully helped incite his legions of followers to hurl racist abuse at “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones, the micro-blogging service not only suspended him for good, but also said it would find any new account he creates in the future and delete it.
“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” Twitter said in a statement. “But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Over the past 48 hours in particular, we've seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of Tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension.”
@Lesdoggg Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment— Jack (@jack) July 19, 2016
SNL alum Jones left Twitter on Monday night, “with tears and a very sad heart,” after highlighting the vile tweets she received from racist and sexist trolls following the release of the movie reboot.
I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
Some people on here are fucking disgusting. I'm blocking your filthy ass if retweet that perverted shit. Just know that now bitches!!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Exposing pic.twitter.com/jfSbGj3yCP— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
You know I'm gonna stop blocking so y'all can go through my feed yourself and see the bs. You won't believe the evil. It's fucking scary— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Several celebrities also stood up for her:
I love you, @Twitter. I love you so much. But please get it together. Stand up for your users who deserve better.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 19, 2016
Yiannopoulos, who has been temporarily banned from Twitter a number of times for violating its terms of service and has even been stripped of his verification, joined in the hate fest with a barrage of tweets decrying Jones for being black and a woman.
@Nero I'm hearing this guy is a columnist how sad. Is this how he gets his readers thru supporting hate? I'm acting like a victim? Nice job— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
The notorious journalist, meanwhile, remains unabashedly smug and unashamed of the entire situation.
Milo just entered, wearing a bulletproof vest. "I just got banned from Twitter!" pic.twitter.com/qyDi9MFMyH— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) July 20, 2016
“They made a very dumb decision right before I had the eyes of the world media on me. I think they’re going to come to regret it,” Yiannopoulos said. “Anyone who believes in free speech was sent a very powerful message today, which is that you’re not welcome on Twitter.”
While many believe Yiannopoulos’ suspension is a big victory for Twitter and its anti-abuse policy, his supporters — seemingly ignorant of his racism and bullying — are now banding together under hashtag #FreeMilo.
Because hurling racial and sexist abuse at others for no apparent reason is the most commendable form of free speech, obviously.
milo yiannopoulos was not a "provocateur" or a "troll." he was a dangerous, chronically abusive harasser with a cult of neo-nazi followers— Sarah Nyberg (@srhbutts) July 20, 2016
This is not the first time Yiannopoulos has made headlines for his appalling behavior — he once declared his birthday as the “World Patriarchy Day,” suggested Donald Trump would be the “first real black president” and, although he is gay himself, said that gay rights have “made us dumber.”
He also showed up at a rally against sexual violence in Los Angeles with a sign that read “‘Rape culture’ and Harry Potter. Both fantasy.” He also spearheaded the controversial GamerGate movement, targeting prominent women in the gaming industry.
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