Leslie Jones’ Twitter troll, Milo Yiannopoulos’ account shut down

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Leslie Jones’ Twitter troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, has been banned from the social networking site for racially abusing her.

Milo Yiannopoulos — who is well-known for attacking people online — was one of the main perpetrators of sending the Ghostbusters star racial abuse.

And after having his account, which uses the handle @nero, suspended several times he has now been shut down for good.

Twitter said in a statement to Recode: “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.”

Milo has previously described himself as “the most fabulous supervillain on the internet.”

Jones, 48, retweeted some of the vile abuse she received, which included her being called an “ape” and “the source of AIDS.”

She also pleaded with Twitter to do something about the racist trolls as she refused to ignore them, as many people had told her to.

“Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that. You can see on the profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It’s not enough to freeze acct. They should be reported,” Jones wrote.

Eventually, it became too much for the star and she signed off with the tweet: “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie.”

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