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'Ghostbusters' Star Leslie Jones Returns to Twitter

"Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones returned to Twitter today after leaving the social media platform on Tuesday amid a barrage of racist and sexist harassment.

"Welp...a bitch thought she could stay away," she wrote this afternoon. "But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!"

Her return follows Twitter's permanent banning on Wednesday of Milo Yiannopoulos, technology editor for the conservative website Breitbart.com, who had been among those sending harassing tweets to Jones. The company didn't comment specifically about Yiannopoulos or Jones, but released a statement saying, “We’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension.”

A right-wing provocateur, Yiannopoulos has previously been at odds with Twitter, which removed his verified status earlier this year and then briefly suspended his account last month following comments he made about the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Twitter welcomed Jones back this afternoon with the following tweet, marked with the hashtag #LoveforLeslieJ that was launched by the comedian's fans as a show of support:

 

@Lesdoggg ❤️ #LoveforLeslieJ

— Twitter (@twitter) July 21, 2016

Jones thanked those fans, writing:

Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on @sethmeyers #LoveForLeslieJ pic.twitter.com/1SOU5QnhMQ

— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 21, 2016

 

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