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Twitter is waging a war against "Generation Trump," Breitbart Tech editor Milos Yiannopoulos claims

His evidence? That Twitter is unhappy with the way Yiannopoulos harasses people on Twitter


Scott Eric Kaufman
February 12, 2016 10:09PM (UTC)

Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos is never one to discount his own importance, especially as it relates to his oft- and self-professed belief that he is a social media godhead of some sort, so it should come as no surprise that he believes executives at Twitter are trying to silence voices like his and those of "Generation Trump."

"Look at who Twitter employs," he told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon in an article written under a byline that indicates Yiannopoulos had final editorial say over its content. "You know, this guy used to work for Hillary, this guy used to work with Obama."

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"I’m absolute convinced," he said, "that Twitter is embarking on a war against conservative points of view, a war against what we might call ‘Generation Trump,’ the dissident, mischievous voices of the new counter-cultural alternative right wing and libertarian youth."

Never one to undervalue his own social media significance, Yiannopoulos claimed that Twitter is attacking such positions because its influence in the social media world is "waning."

"This is what the left does all over the world. They’ll take ridicule and criticism and they’ll rebrand it as abuse and harrassment or hate speech in some way," he said. "Twitter’s influence is waning. We found out this week its monthly active users are going down. The stock price is tanking, partly as a result of their spat with me, I think. I don’t worry too much about them."

He is, however, worried about Facebook, because "the company's not doing so badly" -- presumably because it has yet to try to clamp down on him. "I do worry about Facebook," he said.

"I worry about Facebook because it’s not just Facebook we’re talking about, they also own WhatsApp, and they also own Instagram. This company owns the platforms on which young people are messaging one another, and it has shown itself to be untrustworthy when it comes to free speech."

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Listen to the entire interview via Breitbart on SoundCloud below.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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