Famous People Who Have Been Banned From Twitter
The list of people who have been suspended from Twitter isn’t long, but efforts are undoubtedly being made to crack down on “abusive speech and behaviour”.
In its guidelines, the site argues that, “we believe in freedom of expression… but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up”, and they’re attempting to proactively remove anyone who harasses, abuses or incites hatred against another.
You can see some of the more high-profile people to have been suspended (either temporarily or permanently) here:
Pharmaceutical boss Martin Shkreli became famous for hiking the price of anti AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to a staggering $750 a dose.
He’s consequently not what you’d call a popular guy, and so has been struggling to find a date to Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration.
Shkreli direct messaged journalist Lauren Duca (who has written various articles critical of the President-elect), asking if she’d like to join him, but she wasn’t keen on the idea:
I would rather eat my own organs pic.twitter.com/IgeCRZqk8w
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 5, 2017
Seemingly unable to graciously just take no for an answer, Shkreli responded to this by calling Duca a “cold you know what”, before photoshopping pictures to show the two of them snuggling on a sofa.
He also made his cover image a collage of pictures of Lauren, on which he’d written, “For better or worse, ‘til death do us part, I love you with every single beat of my heart”.
Lauren brought this harassment to the attention of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey….
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) 8 January 2017
…And shortly afterwards, Shkreli’s account was removed.
Musician Azealia Banks had her Twitter account suspended back in May, for tweets in which she directed various racist and homophobic insults at One Direction singer Zayn Malik.
Things kicked off when Banks took to Instagram to suggest that the video for Malik’s Like I Would looked pretty similar to some of her own videos. He responded by tweeting, “No lies … I see you reaching but I don’t care. My @’s too good for you.”
Azealia didn’t take too kindly to this, and in a furious, bitter rant called Zayn a “f*ggot”, a “hairy curry scented b*tch” and “punjab”.
Although she later apologised for her tweets, her account was (and remains) suspended.
Far right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos encouraged a widespread, racist campaign of abuse against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones. It was so relentless that Jones (who, as part of the abuse, had nude photos of her leaked, was compared to Harambe and sent vile and violent pornography) “with tears and a sad heart” quit the platform.
This was unacceptable to Jack Dorsey, who made the decision to ban Milo permanently from his platform. In a statement, he explained:
“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.”
Leslie Jones returned to Twitter, much to the delight of her legions of fans.
Hugely popular YouTuber PewDiePie had his Twitter account suspended last year, for making a joke about ISIS.
The Swedish star had unverified himself (without explanation), which naturally confused fans. A parody news site spotted this, and wrote a joke story about how PewDiePie’s account had been unverified due to “suspected relations with ISIS”.
PewDiePie thought that this was hilarious, and retweeted it, saying that both he and fellow YouTuber Jack Septic Eye had joined the Islamic State.
Twitter didn’t see the funny side, and suspended PewDiePie for “promoting hate”. His account was reinstated not long afterwards.
Courtney Love’s Twitter account was suspended as part of a defamation lawsuit – in 2009 she tweeted that designer Dawn Simorangkir was a “a drug-pushing, thieving prostitute with a history of assault and battery”.
Although she settled this out of court, she was actually pulled into another defamation lawsuit concerning “twibel” (Twitter libel) in 2014, after she used the platform to publicly accused her former attorney of being “bought off”.
She’s the first celebrity to have gone to court over tweets.
To end things on a light note, Adele was banned from Twitter by her own management team, after she kept drunk tweeting.
We say, the more Adele drunk tweets the better…
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