Update: Twitter announced Monday night that it has banned the man behind the attacks on Jones. Tweeting under the handle @Nero, conservative reporter Milo Yiannopoulos — who curiously railed against internet hate speech in 2012 — mobilized his followers to launch racist abuse at Jones on the social media platform, according to Twitter.
"People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter," a spokesperson said in a statement, according to BuzzFeed News. "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."
Ghostbusters star and comedian Leslie Jones spent the better part of Monday night fending off some appallingly racist, sexist abuse that people were tweeting at her.
Even before the movie hit theaters, so-called longtime fans made it very well known how upset they were at the reboot's all-female cast. Shortly after its release last weekend, however, Jones has been at the receiving end of a horrifying amount of attacks on Twitter. On Monday, for hours, Jones went through the painstaking, exhausting effort of calling out these disgusting tweets and the people responsible for them.
Jones also called out those who shared fake screenshots accusing her of abusive tweets, asking for help identifying these accounts.
Jones' retweets and screenshots of the racial epithets being tweeted at her triggered an outpour of anger and sympathy from other Twitter users.
Many prominent figures in the entertainment industry were among them, including Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, Margaret Cho, James Cordon, Anna Kendrick, Matt McGorry and more.
Many sent support her way with the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ.
Jones tweeted about how much the hatred and abuse affects her, and how trying it is to constantly fight against it.
Importantly, she also revealed a huge problem with Twitter that the platform has not been the most proactive at dealing with — online abuse.
Chrissy Teigen also called out Twitter, urging the platform to do more about the amount of hate speech allowed on its platform.
Though the situation clearly left Jones drained, all the power to her for standing up to the racist, sexist bigots on social media and calling out a problem that social media sites like Twitter need to address.
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