Barely a day after he reportedly led a social media attack against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones, Breitbart.com writer Milo Yiannopoulos has received a lifetime ban from Twitter.
Over the course of several hours on Monday (July 18), Jones faced a barrage of hate-filled tweets, many of them racist and sexist. At one point, a fake account was even posting venomous, gay-bashing comments under her name, leaving the actress in “tears” and causing her to announce that she was quitting Twitter. After Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reached out and personally began an investigation, the results seem to point at Yiannopoulos, among others.
“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a statement reads announcing the ban of Yiannopoulos, the provocative tech editor for conservative website Breitbart.com.
“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.”
The statement continues: “We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. We’ll provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks.”
“With the cowardly suspension of my account, Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives,” says Yiannopoulos, who had previously had his Twitter account suspended multiple times.
“Twitter is holding me responsible for the actions of fans and trolls using the special pretzel logic of the left. Where are the Twitter police when Justin Bieber’s fans cut themselves on his behalf?”
The Breitbart writer then goes on to claim that his ban is a victory. “Like all acts of the totalitarian regressive left, this will blow up in their faces, netting me more adoring fans. We’re winning the culture war, and Twitter just shot themselves in the foot,” he says. “This is the end for Twitter. Anyone who cares about free speech has been sent a clear message: you’re not welcome on Twitter.”