Man accused of inciting Leslie Jones abuse banned by Twitter
A journalist accused of orchestrating a campaign of online abuse against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones has been banned from Twitter.
The African-American funnywoman, 48, quit the social media site on Monday (18Jul16) after receiving a torrent of messages featuring vile racist and sexist abuse.
The Ghostbusters reboot, in which Leslie stars as New York subway worker turned spook hunter Patty Tolan, has been the subject of online vitriol since it was announced in 2014 that the 1984 original's male characters would be replaced with female ones.
In a series of tweets Leslie documented the racist online abuse she was receiving and accused Breitbart.com technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos, 32, who tweets under the name @Nero, of backing users sending her abusive messages.
She wrote, "@Nero pretty that you support racist sending me pics of gorillas. Is that how you get your readers thru (sic) hate? You're cool with harassment?"
The actress and comedian added that she was reporting Milo to bosses at the social media site.
Editors at Breitbart.com later published a message the conservative journalist had received from Twitter's support team telling him his account on the site had been permanently suspended.
The message indicated he had been banned from the site for, "repeated violations of the Twitter rules, specifically our rules prohibiting participating or inciting targeted abuse of individuals."
Responding to his Twitter account's suspension, the technology writer told Breitbart, "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."
Meanwhile, Leslie has received the backing of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd.
Dan, who played ghoul hunter Ray Stantz in the 1984 movie, described those abusing her as "insignificant gnats", while the technology executive released a statement announcing his company had taken action against those who had hurled online abuse at the star.
"This type of abusive behaviour is not permitted on Twitter, and we've taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others," Jack's statement read.
- Cover Media