- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos used a CNBC interview Wednesday to lash out at Twitter for what he called “a systemic campaign against conservative and libertarian points of view.”

Mr. Yiannopoulos was given a lifetime ban by the social media network on Tuesday. The company punished him for racist feedback that other users sent “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones over the weekend.

“If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible) play the victim. Everyone gets hate mail,” Mr. Yiannopoulos tweeted Monday before his account was frozen.

“Some of those things [your fans wrote] were brutal. Would you acknowledge that?” Michelle Caruso-Cabrera asked.

“Yes, of course. And some of them were completely disgusting,” the conservative said. “But I’m not responsible for what other people post on the internet. … Is Beyonce responsible when her fans go off to [band] One Direction with death threats and rape threats? Of course not.”

Mr. Yiannopoulos said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should not bill Twitter as a “free-speech platform” when it selectively enforces its rules.

“There is a systemic campaign against conservative and libertarian points of view on Twitter,” the writer said. “Twitter is perfectly happy to host [the Islamic State], to host death threats against Donald Trump supporters, and they do nothing in these cases. But you make a joke about a feminist, or you make a joke about a new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie, or if you have the audacity to dislike the work in Hollywood of somebody who happens to be black or happens to be a woman, then you get suspended? That’s absurd.”

Twitter released a statement Tuesday saying it would continue to “invest heavily” in ways to curb harassment by its users.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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