Leslie Jones Twitter Bully Banned For Life

Twitter has banned Breitbart staffer Milo Yiannopoulos from its social media site after he allegedly directed anonymous users to troll Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, The New York Times confirmed on July 20, 2016.

"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," a spokesperson for Twitter told the Times. "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."

Jones, one of the four stars of Sony's all-female Ghostbusters reboot, has been the subject of harsh criticisms from anonymous users on Twitter, many of whom claimed she looked like an ape. Jones has also contended with at least one fake account created by someone posing as her and saying offensive things. The trolling eventually became so hateful that Jones announced she was quitting Twitter on July 18, 2016.

"I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart," she wrote. "All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s*** I got today...wrong."

The Ghostbusters reboot has been targeted for months by trolls who are annoyed Hollywood decided to remake the original with four female leads.

In response to his ban, Yiannopoulos—who went by the Twitter handle @Nero—told the Times: "This is the beginning of the end for Twitter. Some people are going to find this perfectly acceptable. Anyone who believes in free speech or is a conservative certainly will not."

Yeah, okay.