Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been permanently banned from Twitter as part of the action the platform took against the slew of racist and misogynistic tweets Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones received earlier this week.
It all started on Monday, when Jones shared some of the hateful tweets she had received, most of which seemed to be tied to her role in Ghostbusters. Jones’ fans started the #LoveForLeslieJ hashtag as a means of sending her support, but the damage had already been done. Jones opened up on Monday evening about just how personally affected she was by the tweets she had received, saying the experience had left her “numb.”
“I just am saddened today. Twitter, I understand you got free speech. I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let [hate] spread like that,” Jones wrote. “You can see on the profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It’s not enough to freeze [an] acct. They should be reported.” Jones’ tweets attracted the attention of Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, who reached out to her on Monday evening.
In the midst of all of this, Jones reported Yiannopoulos, who recently wrote a problematic review of Ghostbusters for Breitbart, to Twitter. Yiannopoulos’ account was permanently suspended, an action taken by Twitter that has since sparked conversation about free speech vs. hateful speech, as well as the idea that conservative views aren’t welcome on Twitter.
The #FreeMilo and #FreeNero hashtags started trending, with Twitter as divided as oil and water. Should Twitter have tighter regulation on what is and isn’t permitted on its platform? Is Twitter wrong for censoring some things and not others? Where do we draw the line between freedom of speech and unnecessary and vile trolling?
See what some have to say in these #FreeMilo tweets.
— Neil M White (@neilmwhite) July 20, 2016
Twitter is not the United States government. It does not have to protect free speech. https://t.co/JvuB8CKx0c
— KB (@KaraRBrown) July 20, 2016
Twitter will have to ban 99% of the country if the standard now is writing a bad review of the Ghostbusters reboot#FreeMilo
— Right Wing Raven (@KazeSkyz) July 20, 2016
What a world the left has created…"think like us or else"
They demand everyone be equal. Equally ignorant, equally dumbed down #FreeMilo
— RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) July 20, 2016
— Angela.Kay (@DeepSouthProud) July 20, 2016
Suspending the top gay conservative voice of the world??
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) July 20, 2016
super confused as to why death threats and racist language are the one time people want to defend free speech #freemilo
— Terron Moore (@Terr) July 20, 2016