Twitter has permanently suspended one of the most egregious and consistent offenders of its terms of service, rightwing writer, Milo Yiannopoulos, following a flurry of abuse towards Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones.
Yiannopoulos, the technology editor for Breitbart.com, who tweeted as @Nero before he was banned, had more than 338,000 followers and called himself “the most fabulous supervillain on the internet”.
The controversial journalist was said to have fanned the flames of the harassment of Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones on Twitter, in a prolonged abuse, which led to a “permanent suspension” from Twitter on Wednesday.
Jones had on Monday evening, announced that she was no longer interested in using Twitter network, sharing a final message of exasperation after days of near-nonstop abuse.
She told her 250,000 followers:
“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 s— I got today…wrong.”
Speaking on the matter, in a statement, a Twitter spokesman said:
“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. 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.”
However, the mini blogging site did not comment directly on Mr. Yiannopoulos’s account or actions of the past 48 hours, but the spokesman said over that period,
“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.”
Reacting to the development, Yiannopolous told Breitbart.com that his suspension was “cowardly”, and evidence that Twitter was a “no-go zone for conservatives”.
“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.
“This is the end for Twitter. Anyone who cares about free speech has been sent a clear message: you’re not welcome on Twitter.”
His supporters echoed his criticisms, prompting #FreeMilo to trend on the platform.