‘Supervillain’ troll banned from Twitter for life over Ghostbusters actress abuse

Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has been permanently banned by Twitter after Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones was abused by trolls.The technology editor for US website Breitbart - who tweeted as @Nero - called himself “the most fabulous supervillain on the internet” and had more than 330,000 followers. But he has been accused of encouraging trolls who targeted the actress with menacing messages.“ "People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.“ "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.”

I’m glad he’s finally gone but as someone who has been harassed every day for the past year and a half, why weren’t my reports good enough? It’s sad that Leslie has to be the victim of this for things to change

Amber Discko, founder of feminist website Femsplain

At one point during a 48-hour barrage of tweets, Ms Jones said she was going to leave Twitter. Yiannopoulos responded: “If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim.” She replied: “You have been reported, I hope they lock your account.” Twitter boss Jack Dorsey later contacted her and asked her to get in touch with him. Following his ban, Yiannopoulos, who called the ban cowardly, appeared at a Republican National Convention fringe event wearing a bulletproof vest and said: “I just got banned from Twitter.” The permanent ban led to his fans tweeting the hashtag #freeMilo so much that it became one of the top trending topics in the world.

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.

Milo Yiannopoulos