Milo Yiannopoulos sues Twitter

Milo Yiannopoulos is suing Twitter.

The self-described troll has announced on a YouTube channel his intention to join Roger Stone in an anti-trust suit against the social media platform.

In his broadcast Yiannopoulos asks: “Should social networks be regulated like public utilities?”

Yiannopoulos was banned permanently from Twitter in 2016 after spearheading an attack on SNL’s Leslie Jones centered on her role in the remake of Ghostbusters. The comments from Yiannopoulos and his followers were stunningly crass and racist; despite Yiannopoulos’ constant claim that he was singled out for his conservative views, his behaviour in that debacle falls clearly under Twitter’s hateful conduct policy.

This is not his first controversy rodeo.

Yiannopoulos was forced to resign from Breitbart in February of 2017 for comments about sex between older men and younger boys; the comments created a firestorm that saw his speaking engagements cancelled and his book Dangerous — to have been published by Simon & Schuster’s conservative imprint, Threshold Editions — cancelled.

In the announcement of his lawsuit, Yiannopoulos claims ‘incontrovertible proof’ that Twitter uses shadow banning, a method that crops an individual’s twitter reach. (What’s posted isn’t seen by anyone, although the person posting doesn’t know this.)

He also says the censorship at Twitter cuts one way — always in favour of liberals and against conservatives.

His “evidence” comes from an undercover Project Veritas video investigation that features past and present Twitter staff talking about ways content can be censored. Project Veritas comes from James O’Keefe, who has a new book to sell about fake news.

Says Yiannopoulos in his YouTube screed against Twitter: “They build algorithms to punish Conservatives and won’t explain what their policies are.”

He claims the social media site is intent upon punishing Conservatives and Libertarians, but like Yiannopoulos, people such as Roger Stone or Charles Johnson — referred to by Yiannoupoulos as the “Ginger activist guy” — were banned for reasons that can hardly be described as political.

Stone, a former advisor to President Trump, was banned from Twitter for a series of obscene tweets that followed CNN’s report on how a grand jury had approved the first charges in Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Stone called CNN’s Don Lemon words we can’t actually print in this paper (“dumber than dog s**t,” for example).

Charles Johnson became known for such internet tricks as publishing the home address of reporters at the New York Times. He was permanently banned from Twitter in 2015 for tweets about raising money to ‘take out’ civil rights activist Deray Mckesson.

Johnson has also filed suit against Twitter and alleges the company violated his rights to free speech.

Despite attempts to paint Twitter as being in thrall to Hollywood and anti-conservative, it’s hate speech, rather than politics, that sees people permanently banned.

Twitter’s policy on abusive behavior prohibits anything “that crosses the line into abuse, including behaviour that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.”

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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