Twitter Bans Breitbart Editor After 'Ghostbusters' Actress Flooded with Online Abuse

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On Tuesday, Twitter banned Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos from its platform in response to an ongoing barrage of racist and sexist comments directed against "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones. In a statement, Twitter said, "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." Yiannopoulos, who gained notoriety when he wrote in defense of gamers during the Gamergate controversy, accused Twitter of waging a culture war that he claimed would infringe on free speech and conservative voices.

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Soraya Chemaly, director, Women's Media Center Speech Project

Cindy Cohn, executive director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Aarti Shahani, tech reporter, NPR

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