Twitter has permanently suspended the account of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, one day after the internet troll’s followers sent “a torrent of racist abuse” to Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones. Twitter confirmed that Yiannopoulos would be kept off its service for good in the future and told 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.”
In 2018 Milo Yiannopoulos announced he is suing Twitter.
The self-described provocateur has announced on a YouTube channel his intention to join Roger Stone in an anti-trust suit against the social media platform.
In the video, Yiannopoulos asks, “Should social networks be regulated like public utilities?”