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2017-04-28 15:27:06

 

Twitter suspends Milo — again — just in time

If Milo Yiannopoulos did indeed find a way to slip back into the Twitterverse, reports say the door has been slammed shut once again, just as the transphobic race-baiting conservative launches his big comeback with millions of dollars from secret financial backers, something he’s calling Milo, Inc.

Business Insider’s David Choi reported on Thursday that someone claiming to be a supporter of the former Breitbart editor — who was officially banned for life from Twitter in 2016 — was operating under the handle, “@DANGER0USFAGG0T.”

That account was tweeting announcements about Yiannopoulos’s first public appearance since his February news conference to announce his resignation from Breitbart and the cancellation of his six-figure book deal, following the revelation he defended pedophilia in prior interviews. It was suspended by Twitter as of Thursday evening.

According to Choi, the account’s biography said “Feminism is Cancer,” and, prophetically: “Will probably get banned unless I say I’m not Milo, so I’m not Milo. Even then I’ll probably still get banned.”

The profile picture showed Yiannopoulos’s face, and the account had a pinned tweet linking to a video uploaded by the YouTube handle “yiannopoulosm,” and a banner that reads “5-5-17” — the date he’s promoting on Facebook, YouTube and his own website under the banner: “The Bitch Is Back.”

Yiannopoulos’s website also features images from the campus of the University of California-Berkeley, with signs promoting this so-called “comeback tour.” Berkeley, of course, has been in the news this week because of the on-again, off-again campus address by conservative pundit Ann Coulter.

And it was just two months ago that riots erupted on that campus that forced the cancellation of a Milo speech.

Today, the out provocateur posted on his Facebook page an announcement that he has secured $12 million in capital for “a new media venture.” Vanity Fair called it a “new, ugly, for-profit troll circus” aimed at stoking “political conflict.”

Until the Twitter account was terminated, it had 11,500 followers and 462 tweets, according to Business Insider, and it was only created a month ago.

After being suspended twice, Twitter officially banned Yiannopoulos in July 2016 for violating the terms of service, specifically the rules that prohibit the targeted abuse of individual users.

His messages to and about Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones and about her role in the Ghostbusters reboot drew a flood of attacks on Jones from like-minded supporters, but worldwide criticism of the hate campaign sparked Twitter to ban him for life.

Twitter officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and a spokesperson declined to comment to Business Insider.

Yiannopoulos has not replied to messages seeking his comment as of press time.


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