May 7, 2019 | AtoZ Markets - The largest US crypto exchange Coinbase bans right-wing political commentator polemicist, speaker, and writer Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos announced this in a Gab post on May 3.
Social media against Milo Yiannopolous
Yiannopoulos has previously made high-profile and controversial remarks which led him to be banned by different media platforms.
In July 2016, Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter due to "inciting or participating in insults and harassment to other users." The reason was his attacks on the black actress Leslie Jones.
Jones starred in the “Ghostbusters” remake. Milo Yiannopolous Tweets caused a flurry of insults upon Leslie Jones from other Twitter users.
Later, Facebook and Instagram banned Milo alongside other individuals such as Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan.
A Facebook spokesperson during one of his recent interviews explained, that they have “always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”
“The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today,” the Facebook representative concluded.
Who is Milo Yiannopoulos?
Milo was born in the English county of Kent in a Greek and English family, he is 32 years old. Yiannopoulos studied English literature at Cambridge but did not complete his studies.
From his youth, he was interested in high technologies and was considered one of the most influential IT journalists in the UK.
Being a supporter of conservative views, in 2009, Milo settled in the main British conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
In The Telegraph, Yiannopoulos got a large number of fans who liked that Milo was not interested in the opinion of authorities, was prone to sarcasm and could infuriate opponents.
In 2011, Yiannopoulos quit the newspaper and founded The Kernel, his own IT tabloid, which was intended to "correct the mistakes" of high-tech journalism. Now the website is closed.
Later Yannopoulos started his job in the American ultraconservative news platform Breitbart, which until recently was led by one of the most influential people in the White House, chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Yiannopoulos is a well-known political commentator and speaker who advocates conflicting far-right views and calls himself a "cultural libertarian."
Coinbase bans right-wing political commentator and others
According to Milo’s post, after he registered on Coinbase, within three minutes,
he received two emails which allegedly confirmed that his registration on the exchange was revoked.
It seems difficult to determine whether if Yiannopoulos account was shut down due to a specific ban on the British controversial journalist, or due to the registration process formalities.
Notable, that Milo Yiannopoulos, not the first person, whose Coinbase account was revoked.
In January 2019, Coinbase suspended the personal account of the social media platform-Gab founder- Andrew Torba.
Last April the crypto exchange blocked the account of WikiLeaks Shop, the merchandising branch of global anonymous platform WikiLeaks, due to terms of service violations.
In December Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks urged donors to contribute to the online publication by using cryptocurrencies in order to skirt the financial ‘blockade’ by national governments.
Coinbase attracts media attention again
It is worth to mention, that Coinbase is known for taking sometimes controversial decisions, that cause anger on social media. On February 19, 2019, the US crypto exchange announced that it hired the blockchain startup Neutrino team, a controversial surveillance vendor that was caught selling spyware to governments.
However, after a wave of the crypto community’s negative reactions to its new acquisition, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong made a public statement, in which he said the company is firing key members of the recently-acquired security firm Neutrino.
Coinbase is one of the largest global crypto exchanges. However, it remains unclear,
how the aforementioned act of the company and the possible responses of the crypto community could affect the future of this crypto-exchange.
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