- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos received big-name support on Wednesday for reversing his lifetime Twitter ban: Minecraft creator Markus Persson.

Twitter froze Mr. Yiannopoulos’ account on Tuesday after barbed exchanges with “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. The Breitbart News tech editor seemingly was banned for the racist comments made by other users. Mr. Persson told his nearly 4 million followers that Twitter’s actions were absurd.

“I think the guy’s a bit of a [expletive], but for the love of Christ, #FreeMilo,” the video game icon said Wednesday morning. “If/when I get suspended too, check https://notch.net. I’ve reported tweets worse than anything (well.. almost) Nero’s ever said, and the reply is always the same: Nope.”

Minecraft, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion and sold over 100 million copies, is one of the most popular video games of all time. The game allows users to custom-build worlds out of digital blocks, meaning that every player’s experience is only limited by his or her imagination.

Ms. Jones signed off Twitter on Monday, saying she was doing so “with tears and a very sad heart” because of some of the racist comments directed at her account.

Mr. Yiannopoulos said his ban for the statements of others was emblematic of the “special pretzel logic of the left.”

Twitter released a statement on Tuesday saying, “We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders.”

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