Twitter Bans Conservative Icon
Milo Yiannopoulos a technology editor at Breitbart, and extremely popular figure from the Conservative “alt” Right has been banned from tinder after he appeared to encourage his 300,000+ followers to harass Leslie Jones, the black female actor in the Ghostbusters film currently in theaters.
Via NYTimes: The ban against Mr. Yiannopoulos, a technology editor at the conservative news site Breitbart and known by his Twitter handle, @Nero, follows a campaign of prolonged abuse against Leslie Jones, a comedian and co-star of the recently released “Ghostbusters” movie.
Continued: Leslie Jones, one of the most visible and accessible stars in the all-female remake of the “Ghostbusters” movie, said that she would leave Twitter after becoming the target of online trolls who sent her a stream of pornography, racist speech and hateful memes.
Ms. Jones, who is black, and her white cast mates have endured months of criticism since the announcement of a reboot of the blockbuster franchise
“Ok I have been called Apes,” Jones wrote “even got a pic with semen on my face. I’m tryin to figure out what human means. I’m out.”
Via NYT: Several users compared her to primates, including Harambe, the male gorilla who was shot dead in May at a Cincinnati zoo. Others sent her pornography. Another created a fake Twitter account that appeared to show the actress spewing hateful language.
Via CNN: Shortly after that, Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey tweeted at Jones to direct message himto discuss the issue. Roughly 24 hours later, Yiannopoulos received a notification, obtained by CNNMoney, that his account had been “permanently suspended.”
According to the notice, he’d violated “rules prohibiting participating in or inciting targeted abuse of individuals.”
@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
There has been extremely mixed reaction. Large swaths of people from the left have commented on articles thanking Twitter for banning Milo. They say that free speech doesn’t apply to Twitter, that harassing a user falls outside of Twitter’s terms of service, and as such this was a good move.
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) July 20, 2016
— The Radical Feminist (@thirdwavefem) July 20, 2016
Twitter now claims the right to ban you for tweets your followers post, claiming you “incited” them. #FreeMilo
— Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) July 20, 2016
Please explain to me how Twitter is a private company while being publicly traded, but a family owned bakery is not? #FreeMilo
— Space Bunnyopoulos (@Spacebunnyday) July 20, 2016
If you think a private business banning Milo is a 1st Amendment issue, you understand neither business or the 1st Amendment.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 20, 2016
NYT: In a brief interview on Tuesday evening, Mr. Yiannopoulos said, “This is the beginning of the end for Twitter.”
“Some people are going to find this perfectly acceptable,” he said. “Anyone who believes in free speech or is a conservative certainly will not.”