In a more stringent response to harassment than the company has tended to make, Twitter banned user Milo Yiannopoulos from its service yesterday. Yiannopoulos, a writer and editor for Breitbart who formally tweeted under the handle @Nero, helped spark a wave of online harassment that saw Leslie Jones on the receiving end of a slew of racist and misogynist tweets, including many images likening her to a gorilla.
Yiannopoulos has faced temporary bans from Twitter before and had his verified status revoked for prior infractions.
A gay, conservative voice of the “alt-right” movement, Yiannopoulos told Breitbart Twitter’s action was a “cowardly” jab at those on the right:
“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.”
Many rallied on behalf of Jones, including Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold.
A frustrated and offended Jones appears to have left Twitter as a result of the harassment.
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 shit I got today…wrong
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey attempted to publicly contact Jones shortly after:
Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) July 19, 2016
Read the full story at The Guardian.