Twitter has officially and "permanently suspended" Milo Yiannopoulos, known as a Breitbart tech editor to some and a notorious, vicious troll to others.
The conservative blogger, according to The New York Times, "rallied and directed" hundreds of trolls in a campaign that left comedian Leslie Jones's page inundated with racist hate speech, which happens to violate Twitter's code of conduct.
Jones' harassment prompted her to leave Twitter, but not before it started a discussion on abusive language that made it all the way to Twitter's top guy, CEO Jack Dorsey.
Before she left, Jones and Yiannopoulos, on his account formerly known as @Nero, did exchange messages.
And while Jones chose to leave Twitter behind, Yiannopoulos ended up booted from the site.
People on Twitter say that Yiannopoulos's suspension was a long time coming, because encouraging targeted harassment is a blatant violation of the rules. The statement from the company 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. Over the past 48 hours in particular, 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.
But his fans quickly started getting the hashtag #FreeMilo trending.
One pro-Milo argument is simply that hate is part of the package.
Yiannopoulos responded on Breitbart, saying, “With the cowardly suspension of my account, Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives.”
“Like all acts of the totalitarian regressive left, this will blow up in their faces, netting me more adoring fans. We’re winning the culture war, and Twitter just shot themselves in the foot," he adds, “This is the end for Twitter. Anyone who cares about free speech has been sent a clear message: you’re not welcome on Twitter.”