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Twitter permanently bans one of its most offensive users

Engadget Engadget 20/07/2016 Andrew Tarantola
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Twitter has finally done it. After years of provocative actions, repeated suspensions and even an unchecking, Twitter has permanently banned conservative writer and Breitbart Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, from its service. Twitter's decision appears to come in response to Yiannopoulos leading an online trolling campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Jones has vowed to leave Twitter over her treatment, prompting a major online outcry.

Twitter has been busy over the past few days, scrambling to get ahead of fallout from Jones' digital assault. The company announced 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 caused an uproar 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.

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