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Twitter Has Banned Columnist Milo Yiannopoulos For Life After Setting Off Fans To Send Racist Tweets Against Leslie Jones

Twitter Has Banned Columnist Milo Yiannopoulos For Life After Setting Off Fans To Send Racist Tweets Against Leslie Jones

Twitter has banned a Breitbart editor for life after racist online trolls chastised Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, forcing her to quit the social network. Technology editor and conservative, Milo Yiannopoulos, has been barred from the microblogging site after Jones pointed out that he was accused of orchestrating the vicious remarks about her.

The move stops short of providing Twitter’s 300-million-plus users with effective tools to combat trolls and abuse on a much larger scale, an issue that celebrities and everyday users alike deal with on a regular basis.

In the past, Twitter, the San Francisco-based social media company, has faced criticism for its handling of the so-called GamerGate controversy, as women in the gaming community were increasingly harassed on Twitter — often to the point of receiving death threats — in the wake of a dispute in the online gaming community.

Twitter has said that dealing with abuse and “trust and safety” issues is one of its top priorities, though it has not detailed how it will handle the issues in the future.

“We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter,” the company said in a statement. “We agree.”

Twitter said it is investing in improving its tools and enforcement systems, and is in the process of reviewing its hateful conduct policies “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,” according to a statement. Twitter said it expected to detail more of that in the coming weeks.

Source: You Tube

Source:  NY Times

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