Twitter has finally banned the conservative writer and Breitbart Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos permanently from its service. It comes after Yiannopoulos’s online trolling campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. The online trolling leads his followers to send a torrent of racist abuse to the actor that made Jones vowing to leave the Twitter, creating a huge online outcry. Twitter has said that Yiannopoulos would be kept off its service and have his accounts suspended if he creates new accounts in the future.
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 suspensions,” reports theverge.
Twitter has announced on Tuesday that it would open the verification process to the general public that will enable blue checkmark along with anti-spam and anti-harassment protections.
It is a good move banning one of its most offensive users, though, its services were criticized for reacting slowly towards the racist abuse the actor faced over the past few days. While the actor asked for stricter guidelines against hate speech, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to a tweet, asking her to DM him when she has a moment.
@Lesdoggg Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment
— 🚶🏽jack (@jack) July 19, 2016
“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,” the company says. “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.”
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) July 20, 2016
Following Twitter’s ban, Yiannopoulos said that the site “confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives.” He says that the decision will “blow up” in Twitter’s face, “netting me more adoring fans.”