Sunday 11 December 2016

Free speech? Twitter is right to silence the hateful trolls

Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30

Actress Leslie Jones, who closed her Twitter account after she endured a sustained campaign of hate. Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage
Actress Leslie Jones, who closed her Twitter account after she endured a sustained campaign of hate. Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage

Liberal free-speech purists have gotten themselves in quite a tizzy since Twitter banned right-wing hero Milo Yiannopoulos for his role in orchestrating the harassment of 'Ghostbusters' actress Leslie Jones.

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A notorious troll, Yiannopoulos is a self-described David fighting a one-man battle against the Goliath of feminist political correctness. Having amassed a legion of 340,000 followers on Twitter, he was banned from the social media site this week when his usual offensive ramblings crossed a line to incitement to hatred.

Outraged that the 'Ghostbusters' franchise had sullied itself with a reincarnation featuring four female leads, Yiannopoulos reserved most of his vitriol for black actress Leslie Jones, who he likened to a man.

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