Twitter has a troll problem.
Whimsical though it might sound, the level of abuse, racism and general hate that flutters around the social networking site is less Shrek, more Nightmare On Elm Street.
Take the recent events that have seen Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones quit the Twittersphere: following the launch of the film, Jones was faced with a barrage of abusive Tweets, culminating in someone creating a fake account that appeared to mirror Jones' own (though lacking the blue 'Verified' tick) which proceeded to cause further issues for the actress.
It was at this point that the 'King of Trolls', the self-proclaimed "supervillain of the internet" Milo Yiannopoulos became involved in events - which would eventually result in him being blocked from Twitter.
Who is Milo Yiannopoulos?
What role did Yiannopoulos have in getting Jones to quit Twitter?
Yiannopoulos posted a review of Ghostbusters that would surprise no one: he didn't like it.
He then proceeded to Tweet Jones, suggesting that her response to racist abuse was in fact a result of her playing 'the victim'.
"If at first you don't succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim.
EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS https://t.co/W572qB4Vqw
— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) July 18, 2016"
Eventually, Jones quit Twitter
Twitter's CEO even reached out to Jones after she voiced her concerns that the site lacked guidelines on free speech, but she proceeded to quit the site "with tears and a very sad heart".
I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
So what's happened now?
And now people want to get Yiannopoulos back on Twitter
As mentioned, Yiannopoulos isn't important. This needs to be the final time his name generates headlines and brings people to his cause.
A quick follow of #FreeMilo will introduce you to two responses to Yiannopoulos: those who support him and those who don't.
Give them a read if you will. Or just go back to using Twitter without attempting to hate anyone. Your call.