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Breitbart's tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos permanently banned from Twitter

By midian182 ยท 15 replies
Jul 20, 2016
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  1. Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart’s tech editor and self-described “most fabulous supervillain on the internet,” has been permanently banned from Twitter. The microblogging site’s decision follows accusations that Yiannopoulos incited his followers to send abusive tweets to Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.

    On Monday, the actress publicized some of the racist and misogynistic abuse she had received on the platform, which included being compared to an ape. Yiannopoulos responded with “If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim. EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS.”

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asked Jones to contact him on Monday night, but she ultimately quit Twitter “with tears and a very sad heart.”

    Yiannopoulos’ Twitter account was suspended the next day. And while the company didn’t specifically address the incident, it put out the following statement.

    People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. 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.

    We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. 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. 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.

    Yiannopoulos has called the suspension “cowardly,” saying it would "blow up in their faces, netting me more adoring fans." In a post on Breitbart, he 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 other social media sites, Twitter has come under fire for not being quick enough when it comes to removing hateful content, but knows that doing so often leaves it open to accusations of censorship. The company emphasizes, however, that it suspended Yiannopoulos for harassing and abusing other users - a violation of its TOS - and not for expressing his opinions.

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  2. And he's absolutely right about it blowing up in their faces. Let's take a look at their stated policy:

    People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. 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.

    Now, Milo was perma banned for other people jumping on a troll bandwagon after he criticized her for her response to trolls.

    Leslie herself, on the other hand, literally sent followers after another user:

    Regular link: https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/755218642674020352?ref_src=twsrc^tfw
    Archived link: https://archive.is/K9r8C

    And then, there are all of these: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/07/20/double-standards-leslie-jones-racist-twitter-history/

    Twitter is a fine place...if you're a leftist snowflake.
  3. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    Couldn't of said it better.
    psycros and alabama man like this.
  4. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 187   +44

    There are many terrorists that have done horrible things already. But twitter doesnt bann them
    mbrowne5061, SirChocula and psycros like this.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

    I'll write above the quote so my reply is seen in normal mode (Yeah I know... heresy):
    There are a ton of places for leftist snowflakes and we have the same level of freedom to do whatever we want, until one of them feels otherwise and then you are stoned in the public park by the human rights advocates.

    psycros and alabama man like this.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    Yeah they do, but it's not very effective because it's so easy to just open a new account. It's impossible to ban a person, you can only ban an account.
    psycros likes this.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    Yeah, those links of Leslie Jones' tweets are crazy. That's not even debatable on the 'is this racist' scale. And laying into Jewish people? How can someone who tweets like that accuse anyone of hate speech.

    The phrase 'Double Standard' doesn't even begin to apply.
  8. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 546   +297

    I think Leslie Jones is hilarious, but no one deserves to be targeted online with hate, that goes for both of them. IMO they both need to stfu and stop being *******s on the internet.
    drjekelmrhyde likes this.
  9. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,359

    I didn't even know Brietbart had a tech editor, but I do now...and I'll probably take a look at his stuff. I almost have no choice but to read conservative news outlets now because the liberals are pretty much just making it up as they go. Conservatives have to be way more careful about their fact-checking because their the only ones being held accountable for what they say.
  10. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Maniac Posts: 174   +183

    This is the internet, trolls and *****s are abound everywhere. Leslie needs to not be stupid and just close her twitter for awhile for the fire to die down instead of lashing out at people thinking that would change anything; often times, that just makes everything worse. If you're not prepared to be criticized by everyone by being a celebrity (even more so on social media) then stfu and be careful of your words. I'm all for free speech and they can say whatever they want, but be prepared to reap the consequences of the masses.

    This is the beginning of the censorship of free speech online; it's utterly disgusting and all of us needs to fight back.
    davislane1 likes this.
  11. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Evangelist Posts: 319   +106

    Are you drunk?
  12. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,161   +628

    More like 'just snowflake'. I consider myself pretty far left on most issues, but hate political correctness and SJW talking 'points' - 90% of the time they just seem condescending, and other 10% (when the point might actually have some merit) the person talking about it won't even consider debate or hear the other side.

    Everyone involved in this, including Twitter, just come off as a**hats in my book.
    davislane1 likes this.
  13. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,893   +1,167

    Here's how it works for those of you who don't know.

    This list of people will get banned from twitter, facebook, instagram, blogs websites.
    1. Republicans
    2. Conservatives
    3. Those with a Christian/Jewish point of view
    3. Those that are "pro" gun
    4. Those taking an opposite position of liberalism, socialism, communism (same thing to me)
    5. Anti Obama
    6. Anti BLM, immigration, Obamacare, etc.
    7. Anti Abortion

    Those that will be allowed to pretty much say/do anything on Twitter.
    1. BLM, ISIS, anti police
    2. Liberal in general
    3. Homosexuals
    4. Muslims, blacks, illegal aliens, hollywood actors
    5. Pro free college
    6. Anti "big pharma", "big oil" types
    7. Anti capitalist
    8. Globalist
    9. Anti 2nd Amendment
    10. Anti anything against the "evil rich", "evil white"

    That's pretty much how it works. Hey, it's their program, servers and what not.
    Doesn't matter to me, it's THERE stuff, they can make up the rules how they want.
    Don't like it? Make your own software, market it, and allow/disallow whomever you want.
    davislane1 likes this.
  14. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Evangelist Posts: 319   +106

  15. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 284   +99

    Just to play devil's advocate, when you use a "free" service like "Twitter", you agree to play by their rules. I don't do any of this social engineering crap they call "social media" to begin with.
  16. OgnDulk

    OgnDulk TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +6

    Crazy kid, president obama is the most badass awesome supervillain on the internet and running the country.

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