Milo Yiannopoulos the Breitbart Tech editor, provocateur and pusher of boundaries seems to have crossed that invisible magic line according to Twitter’s suspension policies. Breitbart, the conservative news organization he works for, had this to say in an article by Ben Kew:
The justification for the suspension is currently unknown, although it could be as a result of Milo’s run-in with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones on the site. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly reached out to Jones late on Monday evening after she complained about “abuse” on the platform. Milo was suspended despite the fact that he sent no abusive tweets to the actress.
Meanwhile tweets about killing police and whites remain to circulate in the bowels of Twitter.
— Dolo (@GottaEat_Dolo) July 12, 2016
— Dolo (@GottaEat_Dolo) July 13, 2016
— Angelo Santana (@ViolentDominica) July 19, 2016
You can search Twitter and find these as well. These were only the first few I came across in about a 1 minute search.
Milo has issued a repose via Facebook.
As 1st Amendment issues and private business concerns continue to be debated publicly, it would seem the only loser here is an exchange of ideas. The left in this country has gained power. Now that they have the authority they want to ban a majority. (see what I did there ) That majority being white people in America. We have become so over protective of minorities to the point of castrating logic and reason. We live in a time in which skin color and sexual orientation matter more than knowledge. Corporations window dressing with minorities to seem inclusive is both disingenuous and I believe, patronizing.
Identity politics have never been as far-reaching in decades as they are right now. We are not an individual but a voting block of similar skin colors, ages, religions, and sexual orientations. I happen to be an evil, cis, white, heterosexual, married, father christian, male scum. You might be a Hindu, Antarctic, trans-gobot penguin. We are all now placed in these neat little packages for politicians or the media to win as prizes. Yell about how women make .77 cents on the dollar in comparison to men and as a (insert gender/race/age/religion/sexual orientation here ) you are now programmed automatically to vote for politician X and watch television show Y. The divisiveness will only continue at this rate.
Regardless on where you stand on the permanent ban of Milo’s Twitter, I think all can agree the rhetoric on every side will only escalate on social media. Also, instead of buying into your particular group’s “grievances” try stepping outside of the echo chamber. I do. It helps me develop a more focused view and although I still turn to many in my own world of ideologies that I agree with, outside thought and ideas are great exercises for the mind and the soul.
Observing what has been happening since the rise of Trump, and attempting the role of a soothsayer, my educated guess is Twitter will be the loser in the end. Many of Milo’s fans will abandon the platform altogether while others will use it tepidly. I was on Twitter years ago when #TCOT was first made. I dropped off the Twiterverse because of the lack of interesting figures. I only began to use it again strictly because of the emergence of Trump the politician and conservative writers like Milo. If Twitter wishes to lose millions catering to the left because a cause is more valuable to the left than profit, so be it. I, and many others, will continue to use the platform freely and we will speak our minds with a Stygian presence looming over our shoulders knowing that at any moment we can get banned.