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Twitter Bans Milo Yiannopoulos, One of Its Worst Trolls
By: The Verge
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Twitter has permanently suspended the account of Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after the infamous internet troll helped incite his followers to send a torrent of racist abuse to Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Twitter confirmed that Yiannopoulos would be kept off its service for good in the future, telling Recode and BuzzFeed that it would find any new account he creates in the future, and suspend it.

In a statement, Twitter alluded about to the abuse directed at Leslie Jones, but didn't refer to Yiannopoulos directly. "People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter," the statement reads. "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 service was criticized over its painfully slow reaction to the co-ordinated racist abuse Leslie Jones faced over the past few days, with the comedian herself calling for stricter guidelines to stamp out hate speech. "We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter," the company's statement reads. "We agree." But while banning one of its most notoriously toxic users is a good first step, Twitter is still vague on what it will actually do to curb the kind of abuse and harassment some of its users face on a daily basis.


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