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Twitter Bans Milo Yiannopoulos for Leading Abuse Campaign Against Actress

Twitter Inc. promised to strengthen its rules and procedures in order to curb targeted abuse against users, beginning with a ban against Milo Yiannopoulos, technology editor for the conservative news website Breitbart.

Known by his Twitter handle @Nero, Yiannopoulos is accused of leading an online campaign of racial and sexual taunts against Leslie Jones, who appeared in the Ghostbusters remake last week. Fed up with the abuse, Jones announced Tuesday that she was leaving Twitter for good.

"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," Nu Wexler, a spokesman for San Francisco-based Twitter, said in a statement. "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...