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Twitter permanently bans one of its most offensive users

Twitter has been busy over the
past few days, scrambling to get
ahead of fallout from Jones’
digital mobbing. The company
announced earlier on Tuesday
that it will open the verification
process to the general public,
along with the anti-spam and
anti-harassment protections the
Blue Checkmark enables.
This isn’t the first time that
Twitter has had to show a
prominent alt-right celebrity the
door. Last March, Chuck Johnson,
who once argued that
homosexuality caused a
horrendous Amtrak train crash
and doxxed two NY Times
journalists, was permanently
barred from the site. Reddit, too,
has recently cracked down on bad
behavior in recent months. The
site made headlines last August
when it shut down and disbanded
a number of its most virulent and
bigoted groups.
We’ve reached out to Twitter for
comment and will update when
we hear back from the company.
Update: Yiannopoulos has
responded to his banning in a
post at Breitbart. Here is an
excerpt:
In a comment,
Milo said
“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.”
“Twitter is
holding me
responsible for
the actions of
fans and trolls
using the
special pretzel
logic of the
left. Where are
the Twitter
police when
Justin Bieber’s
fans cut
themselves on
his behalf?”
“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.”
“This is the
end for Twitter.
Anyone who
cares about
free speech
has been sent
a clear
message:
you’re not
welcome on
Twitter.”

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Engadget

Twitter permanently bans one of its most offensive users

Twitter has been busy over the
past few days, scrambling to get
ahead of fallout from Jones’
digital mobbing. The company
announced earlier on Tuesday
that it will open the verification
process to the general public,
along with the anti-spam and
anti-harassment protections the
Blue Checkmark enables.
This isn’t the first time that
Twitter has had to show a
prominent alt-right celebrity the
door. Last March, Chuck Johnson,
who once argued that
homosexuality caused a
horrendous Amtrak train crash
and doxxed two NY Times
journalists, was permanently
barred from the site. Reddit, too,
has recently cracked down on bad
behavior in recent months. The
site made headlines last August
when it shut down and disbanded
a number of its most virulent and
bigoted groups.
We’ve reached out to Twitter for
comment and will update when
we hear back from the company.
Update: Yiannopoulos has
responded to his banning in a
post at Breitbart. Here is an
excerpt:
In a comment,
Milo said
“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.”
“Twitter is
holding me
responsible for
the actions of
fans and trolls
using the
special pretzel
logic of the
left. Where are
the Twitter
police when
Justin Bieber’s
fans cut
themselves on
his behalf?”
“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.”
“This is the
end for Twitter.
Anyone who
cares about
free speech
has been sent
a clear
message:
you’re not
welcome on
Twitter.”

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