Twitter suspends Milo Yiannopoulos account

Professional provocateur and 'alt-right' sympathizer, suspended from Twitter for abusing actress. "We have not done enough," says Twitter.

Rachel Kaplan,

Milo Yianopoulos at Rutgers University
Milo Yianopoulos at Rutgers University
Nadav Salomon

After a slew of harassment against black actress Leslie Jones, conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been permanently suspended from Twitter.

Yiannopoulos, a proponent of the right to unfettered free speech, frequently tests the boundaries of that right by intentionally saying things which would offend defenders of the "politically correct."

A tech editor for Breitbart, the extremely outspoken Yiannopoulos has flirted with supporting the extremist "alt-right" movement, some members of which frequently take to the internet to harass blacks and Jews. Yiannopoulos frequently says that he associates with the Alt-right to fight the battle for free speech, not because he agrees with the sentiments they frequently express.

Alt-right members have been vocal supporters for Trump. Members hijacked the Republican National Convention's live YouTube video with comments like "Make America Jewish Again," and "Ban Jews," leading the convention's media organizers to disable the comments section.

Recently, Yiannopoulos and his followers took to harassing black actress Leslie Jones on Twitter, with some trolls sending her obscene images and calling her an ape. Yiannopoulos derided her as barely literate.

After suspending Yiannopoulos' account, Twitter explained, "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."

"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."

Yiannapoulos, who before his suspension had 338,000 Twitter followers, struck back on Breitbart:

"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," he said.

"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."




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