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Controversial gay journalist Milo Yiannopoulos permanently banned from Twitter

By Will Stroude

Twitter has handed a permanent ban to controversial gay journalist Milo Yiannopoulos over his role in the torrent of racist and sexist abuse directed at Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones this week, which led to her quitting the platform.

Yiannopoulos, who dropped out of both Manchester university and Cambridge university before founding tech journalism platform The Kernal, has previously described feminism as “cancer”, rape culture as “fantasy”, and called for the LGBT movement to exclude trans people.

Breibart’s technology correspondent, who refers to US presidential candidate Donald Trump as “daddy” and previously denounced equal marriage before later changing his mind, previously said: “It seems like any time you hear about about an LGBT person causing a scene, it’s a transsexual”.

The 32-year-old has been accused many times of setting his Twitter followers on people from a range of marginalised groups, particularly trans people, but it was claims that he helped to spur on harassment towards Leslie Jones, after he called her “barely literate” and referred to her as a man, that saw him booted off the site for good.

Jones quit Twitter yesterday (July 19) following the foul torrent of abuse, which saw her repeatedly compared to a monkey by trolls.

Yiannopoulos responded to the news in a tweet, writing: “If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim”, adding: “EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS.”

However, the tables appear to have been turned after Yiannopoulos, who has been suspended from Twitter in the past over his controversial remarks, was handed a permanent ban.

Speaking to BuzzFeed at the GOP convention in Cleveland yesterday (July 19), Yiannopoulos condemned Twitter, saying “they made a very dumb decision right before I had the eyes of the world media on me. I think they’re going to come to regret it.”

He added: “Anyone who believes in free speech was sent a very powerful message today, which is that you’re not welcome on Twitter.”

While some weren’t happy to see the blogger taken offline, a number of Tweeters have taken to the site to celebrate Yiannopoulos’s downfall.

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