Although there has been much criticism in light of the newest Ghostbuster reboot with an all female cast, the hateful and racist motivated tweets that one of the actresses received called for drastic measures to be taken on the part of the social media site, Twitter.
Leslie Jones has been the victim of cruel and even disturbing tweets due none other to the fact that she is a female and African-American.
The tweets Jones received resulted in ongoing online abuse of the actress, and a main instigator, a right-winged conservative, Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the internet,” has been served up a permanent ban from Twitter.
Yiannopoulos, the technology editor for Breitbart.com who tweets as @Nero has some 338,000 followers.
He has received previous suspensions for violation of terms and services from Twitter and even had his verified status revoked earlier this year.
Although Yiannopoulos said in a statement that the decision by Twitter to permanently ban him was “cowardly,” and said that the social media site was a “no-go zone for conservatives,” the seriousness of hateful tweets is a matter that Twitter intends to continue to protect its users.
In a statement by a spokesperson released after Yiannopoulos’ ban, the social media site explained their beliefs that “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.”
“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,” the spokesperson added.