Twitter Permanently Bans Milo Y. citing abuse. Thoughts?

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    Jul 20, 2016 6:10 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/technology/twitter-bars-milo-yiannopoulos-in-crackdown-on-abusive-comments.html?_r=0

    SAN FRANCISCO — For years, one of the main grievances among Twitter users has been the ability of anonymous trolls to send abusive comments to other people on the service.

    But on Tuesday, Twitter barred one of the most egregious and consistent offenders of its terms of service, Milo Yiannopoulos, in an attempt to show that it is cracking down on abuse.

    The ban against Mr. Yiannopoulos, a technology editor at the conservative news site Breitbart and known by his Twitter handle, @Nero, follows a campaign of prolonged abuse against Leslie Jones, a comedian and co-star of the recently released “Ghostbusters” movie. The film and its stars have come under fire from various parts of the internet for months, after it was first revealed that the reboot of the 1984 film would feature an all-female cast.

    Ms. Jones in particular has borne the brunt of the online abuse in recent days, especially since the release of “Ghostbusters” in the United States on Friday. Hundreds of anonymous Twitter commenters hurled racist and sexist remarks at the star’s Twitter account, rallied and directed by Mr. Yiannopoulos this week. The news media picked up on the abuse after Ms. Jones began retweeting screenshots of the litany of comments sent to her over the past few days.

    On Monday evening, Ms. Jones quit using Twitter with a final message of exasperation after days of near-nonstop abuse. “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart,” Ms. Jones tweeted. “All this cause I did a movie.”

    In a statement, a Twitter spokesman said: “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.”

    Twitter did not comment directly on Mr. Yiannopoulos’s account or actions of the past 48 hours, but the spokesman said over that period, “We’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension.”

    In a brief interview on Tuesday evening, Mr. Yiannopoulos said, “This is the beginning of the end for Twitter.”

    “Some people are going to find this perfectly acceptable,” he said. “Anyone who believes in free speech or is a conservative certainly will not.”

    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."
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    Jul 20, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
    I don't have Twitter so I don't know exactly what Milo said.

    On one hand, I like Milo - when he's not snarky. When he debates with class and dignity I like what he has to say. We need men to not be doormats to third-wave feminists who want to blame men for all their problems. He is good at that. Although at times I know he can be a bit much. But after all, he does self-identify as a provocateur.



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    Jul 20, 2016 6:43 PM GMT
    Who?
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    Jul 20, 2016 7:03 PM GMT
    He wasn't simply exercising free speech, him and his followers were harassing the actress with a barrage of disparaging posts to her page. I'm certainly not anti-troll, but people that want to play victim after aggressively harassing other users deserve to be silenced. A smart troll reads a site's ToS first and stays within those boundaries at all times. If you break the rules, they reserve the right to silence you, which is part of what you agree to when you sign up.
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    Jul 20, 2016 8:08 PM GMT
    "...technology editor at the conservative news site Breitbart..."

    That sorta says it all. Let his apologists step up to the plate.
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    Jul 21, 2016 12:02 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidWho?

    She's a very UNfunny comedienne who stars on SNL.
    Literally, watch some of her stuff and see if u laugh.

    Regardless, she should NOT have to put up with the racist bullshit being hurled at her on Twitter. It's awful really. I'm glad twitter is finally doing something, but clearly not enough.
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    Jul 21, 2016 5:10 AM GMT

    Is there an example?

    Because that's kind of bullshit. First it's some troll, then fast forward 20 years and it's everyone who doesn't automatically agree that Islam is a religion of peace.

    If @MohamadAlarefe can preach hate to millions and get a free pass cause he does it with religious versus, but some troll is getting banned for being mean? How about the people he's being mean to block him?


    Where do we really want this to go? Can youtube ban people for looking at the wrong videos? Can my ISP ban me for looking at the wrong websites? At what point does a technology become important enough that they don't get the right to refuse service?

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    Jul 21, 2016 5:56 AM GMT
    I'm not a follower of him and don't really know much about him but the thing that really surprised me is the lack of a smoking gun in the news reports. I mean, where is the example tweet where he said something like "let's all troll her"???
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    Jul 23, 2016 6:29 PM GMT
    Milo is not responsible for the action of others. This is just ridiculous.
    It is evident that Twitter doesn't care about free speech.
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    Jul 23, 2016 7:12 PM GMT
    no one is free
    let me guess the guy that got banned is on the Twitter board of directors. No, its a free service that lets him post
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    Oct 24, 2016 2:39 PM GMT
    eipoika saidMilo is not responsible for the action of others. This is just ridiculous.
    It is evident that Twitter doesn't care about free speech.


    Supposedly he has a history of provoking people online.
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    Oct 24, 2016 3:19 PM GMT
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    YVRguy saidI'm not a follower of him and don't really know much about him but the thing that really surprised me is the lack of a smoking gun in the news reports. I mean, where is the example tweet where he said something like "let's all troll her"???

    Yes, I haven't run across any of his actual tweets. But I did run across hers and she's [sic] reveals herself to be a racist bitch.

    Examples?
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    Oct 24, 2016 6:11 PM GMT
    they don't want it getting popular in the minds of gay men that they can have views and opinions such as his

    that is why he is banned

    just heterosexuals keepin the fag down as per usual