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Milo Yiannopoulos, the incendiary writer who helped make Breitbart News a leading organ of the alt-right, resigned from the news organization Tuesday after a video of him endorsing pedophilia resurfaced online over the weekend.

Yiannopoulos has been a flame-throwing provocateur whose writing has offended women, Muslims, blacks and gay people ever since former Breitbart executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon hired him as a senior editor in 2014.

Bannon, now President Trumps senior adviser, championed the British-born Yiannopouloss inflammatory commentary and promoted him as a conservative truth-teller and champion of free speech. In turn, his popularity helped raise Breitbarts profile among Trumps supporters and the alt-right, a vaguely defined collection of nationalists, anti-immigration proponents and anti-establishment conservatives. Adherents of the alt-right are known for espousing racist, anti-Semitic and sexist points of view.

Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved, Yiannopoulos said in a statement announcing his resignation. They have been a significant factor in my success.

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As recently as last week, Breitbart editor Alexander Marlow in an interview called Yiannopoulos the No.1 free speech warrior of his generation in America at the moment.

But Yiannopouloss views on pedophilia apparently went too far even for Breitbart.

The site was under pressure to take action against Yiannopoulos, 32, from its own staff, which had threatened to revolt if he wasnt fired or disciplined, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In a video interview early last year, Yiannopoulos condoned sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and joked about a sexual encounter he said he had with a Catholic priest as a teenager.

Youre misunderstanding what pedophilia means, he told the hosts of a podcast. Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty.

A group called the Reagan Battalion was among those calling attention to the interview to highlight its opposition to Yiannopouloss speaking role at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the Washington area.

The reemergence of the video triggered a cascade of adverse consequences for Yiannopoulos.

First, CPACs organizer, the American Conservative Union, rescinded its invitation to him as a conference speaker. The groups chairman said in a statement that the organization found his comments disturbing and the video offensive.

Then Simon & Schuster canceled an agreement to publish Yiannopouloss forthcoming memoir, Dangerous, for which it paid him a $250,000 advance. The publisher said it decided to cancel the book which had drawn protests before the pedophilia flap arose after careful consideration.

Yiannopoulos, meanwhile, defended himself on Facebook on Sunday and Monday as the tide of controversy rose.

I do not support pedophilia. Period, he wrote. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a coordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject.

The openly gay writer made his name with a knack for taunting various groups and manipulating the outrage that followed. He led a Twitter campaign last year against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones that was so vitriolic that Twitter banned him. He has called feminism cancer in his campus appearances, and he once wrote a Breitbart story headlined, Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.

The departure of Yiannopoulos was met with a mixed reaction by Breitbarts staff, which learned of his resignation via Twitter. There was no internal announcement, said one staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

He was on an island off to himself, the journalist said. Milo has virtually nothing to do with the news operation.

But Yiannopouloss outrageous commentary did reflect poorly on the organization, said Lee Stranahan, a Breitbart reporter who streamed remarks on Periscope in the moments before the star columnist staged a news conference in New York.

I dont wish anybody badly, but do I kind of hope Milo goes away? Stranahan said. I think I do. I think that would be best for everybody. … Because hes not adding to the brand.

He was also critical of the sites heavy promotion of Yiannopoulos, noting that the writers face was often featured prominently on the website.

Stranahan asserted that Yiannopouloss resignation might allow the site to focus on the left and Islamists, which he described as the biggest threat to America.

Addressing the media in New York on Tuesday, Yiannopoulos was alternately defiant, apologetic and self-pitying. He repeated his denunciation of child sexual abuse and said he would donate 10 percent of the royalties from his book, if it eventually gets published, to organizations that advocate on behalf of abuse victims.

But he added, This is a cynical media witch hunt by people who do not care about children. They care about destroying me.

He also said he will continue to speak and write in the same fashion. I dont think that anything that has happened to me in the past 24 hours will stop me from being as offensive, provocative and outrageously funny on any subject I please.

Manuel Roig-Franzia contributed to this report.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Banned From Venmo and PayPal

MiloYiannopoulos has been banned from both Venmo and its parent company PayPal after the former Breitbart tech editor used the platforms to send anti-Semitic content to a Jewish journalist.

When an individual violates PayPals longstanding Acceptable Use Policy, the company will take action as deemed appropriate, the company said in a statement. We ensure that people do not use our platform and services to promote hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance.

News of the ban was first reported byYiannopoulos on Instagram, who posted screengrabs of messages he received from both companies.

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A person familiar with the matter said the decision to oust Yiannopoulos from the platforms came after he sent a Jewish journalist $14.88. The figure is a highly charged white supremacist dog whistle.

The 14 is a reference to domestic terrorists David Lanes 14-word credo: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. The 88 is often used in Neo-Nazi circles as a veiled referenced to Heil Hitler (H is the eight letter of the alphabet), according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The ban from Venmo and PayPal is not related toYiannopoulos comments earlier this week when he told theNew York Observerthat he looked forward to the day when vigilante squads start gunning journalists down on sight. Many criticizedYiannopoulos following the attack at a Maryland newspaper on Thursday that left five dead.

When reached by TheWrap, Yiannopoulos declined to comment for this story and insisted that the media should apologize to him for insinuating that he was responsible for the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette.He has also vowed to sue the New York Observerand reporter Davis Richardson for its story on him.

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Megyn Kelly calls Trump out on womenTrump famously feuded former anchor Kelly after she asked him a tough question at a Republican primary debate about derogatory statements he’s made about women. Trump took it personally, judging by his response on Twitter and in interviews. He later famously said Kelly must have had “blood coming out of her wherever” regarding the question. Watch the debate question here.

Kelly to Trump: “Facts matter”Trump kept hammering at Kelly on Twitter and elsewhere. When he called her out for not using the IBT poll when he was leading the Republican primary field, Kelly rebuked him with a tweet showing she did use the poll. “Facts matter,” she wrote.

Fox mocksTrumpwith statement on debate skippingpollAfter polled his Twitter followers to see ifhe should drop out of a Fox-hosted Republican primary debate,Fox responded artfully with a sarcastic statement that it had learnedfrom “secret” sources Trump might be treated unfairly as president by foreign leaders.

Bill O’Reilly calls out Trump’s tweet with totally wrong stats”The O’Reilly Factor” grilled Trump in a Nov. 2015 interview about his tweet that erroneously said black people killed whites at a rate of 81 percent, while whites kill blacks at a rate of 15 percent.O’Reilly told Trump, “You shouldn’t tweet.” Trump did not take that advice.

Chris Wallace bucks Trump calling media “enemy of the public”After his press conference in January 2017, Trump continued his attack on media he doesn’t like on Twitter. Anchor ChrisWallace wasn’t having it on “Fox & Friends.” Wallace said Trump’s comments “crossed an important line” and said they were dangerous.

Wallace says the media is too easy on TrumpIn an interview with TheWrap, Wallace said he thinks Sunday political shows in particular should be tougher on Trump.”I think if anything, the media has treated him too well.By that I mean theyve allowed him to play by different rules.” Read the full interview.

O’Reilly tells Trump Putin is “a killer”In a February interview, O’Reilly brought up Trump’s apparent refusal to criticize Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian president “a killer.” Trump famously responded by saying, “What, you think our country is so innocent?” Watch it here.

Smith wails on Trump’s refusal to talk about Russia hacksNobody on Fox hits Trump harder than Shep Smith. “We have a right to know You call us fake news and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people.” Watch it here.

Neil Cavuto tells Trump he’s problem, not mainstream mediaResponding to Trump’s tweet claiming the mainstream media wants him off social media, Cavuto called out Trump for losing track of his own agenda. “Mr. President, it is not the fake news media that’s your problem, it’s you,” Cavuto said. Watch it here.

Smith blasts Trump administration on Russia: “Lie after lie after lie”Shep Smith was at it again following the news breaking about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. He took the Trump administration to task for its many lies about meetings with Russia, including Jared Kushner failing to report the meeting on his security clearance forms. “My grandmother used to say, ‘What a tangled web we weave when first we try to deceive,'” Smith declared on air, leaving fellow anchor Chris Wallace speechless. Watch it here.

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CONTROVERSIAL commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has come under criticism in the wake of the Maryland newsroom shooting.

It emerged that the former senior editor for Breitbart News, who has made a living out of making deliberately provocative remarks about women, people of colour and transgender people, had recently told two reporters that he cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists.

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He told The Observers David Richardson that this is now his standard response to a request for comment.

He sent a similar message to Will Sommer, a reporter for the Daily Beast.

In the wake of the tragic shooting, people on social media have criticised the 33-year-old for his earlier remarks:

Yiannopoulos has addressed the connection to his remarks on Facebook, saying: Youre about to see a raft of news stories claiming that I am responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists. The truth, as always, is the opposite of what the media tells you.

He continued: I sent a troll about vigilante death squads as a *private* response to a few hostile journalists who were asking me for comment, basically as a way of saying, F**k off. They then published it.

Amazed they were pretending to take my joke as a threat, I reposted these stories on Instagram to mock them and to make it clear that I wasnt being serious.

He went on to say: I made a private, offhand troll to two hostile reporters, who breathlessly publicised it and like vermin their fellow journalists swarmed to remind the world how much they hate Milo. If the Left was truly horrified by violence against journalists, they would have shown it in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo. As you all know, they didnt.

Yiannopoulos is known to have ties with US President Donald Trump, billionaire Robert Mercer and white supremacist Richard Spencer.

Police were called to the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, 50km east of Washington DC, on Thursday afternoon local time, after several people were shot dead.

The suspect in the shooting was reported as a white male in his 20s who was armed with a shotgun. His name or a motive is not yet known.

US President Donald Trump, who was in Wisconsin for the groundbreaking of a new electronics plant, tweeted that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims.

The motive for the shooting is not yet known.

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Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos said he was being sarcastic when he told a reporter that he fantasized about the gunning down of journalists, after a massive social media backlash blamed him for inciting violence ahead of theCapital Gazette newspaper shooting on Thursday.

I cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight, Mr. Yiannopoulosreportedly told the Observer over text message, in response to a question about a story on a New York City restaurant he is said to frequent.

When asked by Observer reporter Davis Richardson to elaborate on the statement, Mr. Yiannopoulos said it was his standard response to a request for comment. He also reportedly sent the same message to The Daily Beasts Will Sommer.

Social media users immediately blamed Mr. Yiannopoulos for inciting violence against journalists after a gunman shot and killed five people and wounded several others Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Yiannopoulos said his comment was meant as a troll of inquiring journalists and that reports he was inciting violence were wholly false.

I regret nothing I said, though of course like any normal person I am saddened to hear of needless death, he wrote. Amazed they were pretending to take my joke as a threat, I reposted these stories on Instagram to mock them and to make it clear that I wasnt being serious.

If there turns out to be any dimension to this crime related to my private, misreported remarks, the responsibility for that lies squarely and wholly with the Beast and the Observer for drumming up fake hysteria about a private joke, and with the verified liberals who pretended they thought I was serious, he continued. I made a private, offhand troll to two hostile reporters, who breathlessly publicized it and like vermin their fellow journalists swarmed to remind the world how much they hate Milo. If the Left was truly horrified by violence against journalists, they would have shown it in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo. As you all know, they didnt.

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Former alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos texted a newspaper saying that he hopes that squads start gunning journalists down on sight.

The threat, which was texted to the New York Observer, came after the publication asked him for a statement after his booking was refused at a restaurant after they discovered his identity.

I cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight, the far-right provocateur texted a reporter for the New York Observer from the publication, reported splcenter.org.

The response from theex Breitbart Tech editor has resulted in some university campuses questioning whether or not they should invite Yiannopoulos on campus for fear of inciting hatred, reported The Advocate.

Yionnopoulos fell from grace when he was accused of endorsing pederasty in a series of clips which emerged in 2017.

In one video reported by Uproxx, taken from an old livestream with the internet figure, Yiannopoulos attacks the age of consent as an arbitrary one-size-fits-all policing of culture.

In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men the sort of coming of age relationship those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they cant speak to their parents.

Yiannopoulos himself is a former journalist.

In just 24 hours, the columnist was dropped from far-right news website Breitbart News, had his book deal axed by Simon & Schuster, and was removed from the line-up of the Republican CPAC conference.

His book Dangerous had been set for release this year, but after the cancellation of the Simon & Schuster deal Yiannopoulos was apparently unable to find another mainstream publisher. He resorted to self-publishing.

The disgraced alt-right figure recently led an influx of controversial figures to join the UK Independence Party.

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It didnt take long for the internet to point out that former Breitbart editor and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos had publicly stated he is issuing reporters threatening messages when asked to comment for stories as a shooter terrorized the newsroom at the Capital Gazette in Maryland.

I cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight, he told New York’s online Observer over text message, published on Tuesday.

When asked to elaborate on who specifically had upset him, Yiannopoulos explained that the statement was his standard response to a request for comment.

Hours before the official motive was revealed and suspect Jarrod Ramos was identified, manyon social media noticed the link between Yiannopoulos’ words two and thethe mid-day shooting on Thursday, where five people were killed.

Many also noticed thatPresident Trump regularly bashesthe media, referring to them as the “enemy.”

Yiannopoulous responded on his own Facebook page that he is “not responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists.”

Police ultimately revealed thatYiannopoulouswas right: Ramos had a longstanding grudge against the newspaper about a column written about him after he harassed a woman.

Gazette reporter Phil Davis was live tweeting that multiple people had been shot.

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The ‘Day of Freedom’ rally in London on Sunday brought protesters and prominent right-wing commentators and political figures together under the banner of ‘free speech.’ RT takes a look at some of the leading agitators.

Billed as a protest against what organisers see as the subversion of free speech that has infiltrated British society in recent years, the ‘Day for Freedom’ march from speaker’s corner in Hyde Park to Whitehall encompassed groups such as the Football Lads Alliance and the Veterans Against Terrorism alongside social media provocateurs such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Tommy Robinson and Sargon of Akkad.

The day did not pass without controversy over Ali Dawah, a YouTuber and co-founder of the Muslim Youth Movement channel. Dawah was due to speak at the rally but was allegedly blocked from speaking before being attacked by who he described as “Nazi thugs.” Scenes that were captured on camera and tweeted by Dawah.

It begs the question, how is preventing a Muslim from speaking at an event called ‘Day of Freedom’ in keeping with the spirit of promoting free speech? Where is the anger from the main protagonists? Or are Muslims excluded from the free speech debate? Perhaps the question isn’t surprising when you consider the history of some of the day’s main speaker.

The former senior editor for Breitbart, avowed anti-feminist, self-described “cultural libertarian” and alt-right provocateur has been embroiled in many controversies over recent years. He was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016 for initiating the abuse against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones after the film crashed at the box office.

Of Jones, Yiannopoulos tweeted: “If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim. EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS.”

Followed by: “Ghostbusters is doing so badly they’ve deployed @Lesdoggg [Leslie Jones] to play the victim on Twitter. Very sad!” Concluding with, “Barely literate. America needs better schools!” and “rejected by yet another black dude.”

In 2017, Yiannopoulos was accused of supporting child abuse in an internet live stream, claiming that “you can get quite hung up on this child abuse thing” and suggesting that “younger boys” and older men could be a “coming-of-age relationship in which those older men help those younger boys discover who they are.”

His comments resulted in the American Conservative Union rescinding its invitation to have him speak at the group’s annual CPAC conference in 2017.

Despite being openly gay and marrying his long-term boyfriend in Hawaii in 2017, Yiannopoulos wrote an article for Breitbart where he insisted that “gays should pipe down and get back in the closet” because there had been too much “mollycoddling of homosexuals” in today’s society.

In 2016, he told Bloomberg that he didn’t employ gay people because he “didn’t trust them,” and, more recently, he backed Trump’s controversial ban on transgender people serving in the US military, claiming that they are mentally ill.

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Robinson, the former leader and co-founder of the English Defence League, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon, took to the stage on Sunday to tell protesters that he was going to take Twitter to court for banning him from their social media website. Since his banning, Robinson has taken to beating the free speech drum.

“What I’m going to do, is I’m going to take Twitter to court,” he declared on Sunday. “I won’t get my Twitter account back, but what we’ll be able to prove which needs proving is that ‘facts’ are now seen as ‘hate’, and the government is pushing its agenda with private companies.”

He famously blamed “every single Muslim” for “getting away” with the 7/7 London bombings, and he called Islam a fascist and violent religion in a speech in Tower Hamlets, as reported by the Guardian in 2013. Freedom, exempt for Muslims, in the UK?

In 2010, Robinson was found guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour during a football fan brawl in Luton in August 2011. He was given a three-year ban from football and a 12-month community rehabilitation order.

He was widely condemned for launching a tirade against Muslims and the religion of Islam after the Westminster terrorist attack in 2017, claiming that “this is the reality. The reality is these people are waging war on us,” as reported by the Independent.

His attack was seen by many as exploiting a tragedy. “Far-right figures like Tommy Robinson are vile opportunists: using victims of today’s attack to spread their anti-Muslim message,” Maya Goodfellow, a journalist, wrote on Twitter.

Part of the growing alt-right, Sargon of Akkad, whose real name is Carl Benjamin, rose to prominence during Gamergate, an anti-feminist backlash by a section of gamers, from which Benjamin developed a reputation for opposing anti-misogyny movements and writers, garnering himself 800,000 YouTube subscribers in the process.

He controversially tweeted Labour MP Jess Phillips after she wrote in the Huffington Post that, “people talking about raping me isn’t fun, but has become somewhat par for the course”, in which he said he “wouldn’t even rape [her],” which drew criticism from many on Twitter.

The Daily Dot claims that Benjamin does not seem to be a part of the ‘alt-right’ movement himself, but does enjoy attacking alt-right targets like feminism, Islam, Black Lives Matter, and the notion of straight white male privilege.

In a Youtube video, he describes ‘Black Lives Matter’ as “a black supremacist movement that is violent and dangerous and wants to kill police officers.” Is this the kind of rhetoric that empowers black people, or is it the rhetoric of someone that wants to delegitimize the concerns of a movement whose goal is to establish equal rights for black people in the US?

Those are three supposed proponents of ‘free speech,’ yet it’s up for debate as to whether they are genuinely seeking to bring about freedoms for all people no matter their colour, creed, gender or sexuality.

Omar Baggili, RT Journalist

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Twitter has banned one of its most notoriously contentious voices. On Tuesday evening, the microblogging service permanently suspended the account of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after he incited his followers to bombard Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones with racist and demeaning tweets.

“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a company spokesperson said in a statement provided 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.”

Yiannopoulos, who currently serves as Breitbart’s tech editor, has been hailed as a voice of the new alt-right movement. As such, he has made a living as a provocateur, continually inflaming tensions between progressive branches of the internet focused on identity politics and the fervently anti-PC segment that constantly trolls it. For years, Yiannopoulous has used Twitter not only to voice his controversial opinions, but to direct his legion of followers (388,042 at the time of this writing) toward his opponents. As a result, he’s been temporarily banned from Twitter a number of times for violating its terms of service and stripped of his verified status.

But this week he went too far. According to Twitter, it was Yiannopoulos who led the harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones an effort that inspired the SNL cast member to leave Twitter. The barrage of tweets, many of which decried Jones for being black and a woman, were the final straw for Twitter, which is working to try to solve its harassment problem.

According to the company, Yiannopoulos’s permanent suspension isn’t a matter of speech as much as a matter of behavior specifically, a violation of Twitter’s rules regarding the targeted abuse of specific users.

At a party Tuesday night at the GOP convention in Cleveland, Yiannopoulos told BuzzFeed News he had received an email from Twitter in advance of the action, warning him his account was about to be suspended.

“They made a very dumb decision right before I had the eyes of the world media on me. I think they’re going to come to regret it,” he said. “Anyone who believes in free speech was sent a very powerful message today, which is that you’re not welcome on Twitter.”

Asked if he planned to attempt to reinstate his account, Yiannopoulos seemed unsure.

“I don’t know, maybe. I’m going to see what I can do,” he said.

Here’s Twitter’s statement in full:

We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. Well provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks.

BuzzFeed News reporter Rosie Gray contributed to this report.

Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.

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A charity meant to provide college scholarships for white men started by Milo Yiannopoulos, self-described libertarian and professional internet troll, has shuttered its operations, Yiannopoulos confirmed to NBC News.

After two years and multiple scandals that include allegations from former employees of mismanagement, the most basic details of the $100,000 Privilege Grant Foundation fund its donations, disbursements, and scholarship winners remain a mystery.

Its failure is just the most recent in a string of setbacks that have derailed the self-styled provocateur, who was one of the earliest and most notorious figures inside the so-called alt-right conservative movement.

At present, the Privilege Grant is not accepting new applications or donations, Yiannopoulos said in a statement sent by texts to NBC News. What started as a social experiment that also did some good winding up social justice warriors while also sending poor kids to college became fodder for disingenuous, mouth-breathing retards in the press to baselessly accuse me of white nationalism. As a gay man happily married to an African-American, I got tired of explaining to my husband why people on the TV kept calling me a racist,” Yiannopoulos wrote.

Public donations to the Grant have been allocated to worthy recipients, and we are in the process of distributing the final awards,” he told NBC News. “We are also discussing what form future activities may take, and under whose leadership they might proceed. The Grant remains a 501(c)(3) charity in good standing with the IRS.

Yiannopoulos declined to provide details surrounding donations or disbursements, and declined to answer follow-up questions on the record.

The scholarship fund was launched in January 2016 by Yiannopoulos, then a technology editor at Breitbart News, and billed as “exclusively available to white men who wish to pursue their post-secondary education on equal footing with their female, queer, and ethnic minority classmates.”

At the time, Yiannopoulos said the scholarships would be paid for by himself and other private donors, but declined to detail for NBC News both how much money he had contributed and raised for his charity. In 2016 he told The Daily Beast there was between $100,000 and $250,000 in the funds coffers.

Yiannopoulos also declined to provide information on the number of recipients or their identities. In January 2016, Yiannopoulos told Breitbart News he planned to give out 50 grants. In a later fundraiser, a five-hour #MiloGivesBack livestream, Yiannopoulos said the grants would number 100.

By August 2016, the same summer that he was permanently banned from Twitter for harassing Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos still hadnt handed out a dime, provided a means for needy men to apply, nor even filed the necessary paperwork to become a recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

After the foundations director, right-wing gossip blogger Margaret MacLennan, began tweeting allegations that donations to the fund were actually going into Yiannopouloss pockets, a livestream participant demanded transparency over the tons of money raised during the telethon, and a report on his mismanagement of the fund was published in The Guardian. A later piece in Mic alleged the money had disappeared down a rabbit hole of private bank accounts and apparent shell companies.

Things looked bleak for the future of the Privilege Grant Foundation. Then in December 2016, it seemed Yiannopoulos had finally found a way to make his charity happen. He announced in a blog post that he had formed a partnership with a wealthy donor who had secured a top Washington firm willing to assist with the difficult and costly process of applying for federal nonprofit status.

An IRS spokesperson told NBC News the typical processing time for 501(c)(3) applications is between 90 and 180 days, and the cost to file for federal tax exempt status is between $275 and $600, depending on the form.

The new partnership seemed to work. In January 2017, one year after forming and allegedly raising money for his charity, Yiannopoulos announced that funds would begin flowing in the form of college scholarships to white, low-income men. He said the $2,500 grants from the pilot program would go to far fewer than the 100 white men he had initially suggested just 10 people. Still, he said, the grants would help level the playing field.”

However, while things were finally going well for his foundation, Yiannopoulos career was crashing down around him. In February 2017, he was forced to resign from Breitbart after a video emerged online in which he seemed to endorse sex between older men and boys as young as 13. He quickly held a news conference where he apologized for the comments, saying he was “horrified” that anyone would think he supported pedophilia. But the damage was done.

In the aftermath, the conservative CPAC conference disinvited Yiannopoulos from his speaking gig and Simon & Schuster canceled the forthcoming publication of an autobiography for which he had received a staggering $250,000 advance.

While all of this was happening, Yiannopoulous’ scholarship fund was being managed by an anti-feminist blogger who goes by the pseudonym Janet Bloomfield (also known on the internet as Judgy Bitch). Bloomfield, a small, but vocal figure in the Mens Rights community, is known for her penchant for trolling feminists online she was suspended from Twitter in 2016 after donning blackface, calling Beyonc a feral thug, and warning the singer’s fans that she would have them “lynched.

Controversy aside, Bloomfields appointment seemed to speed up the charitys operation.

Trying to give away money is actually really hard to do, Bloomfield told NBC News. Its hard to do that legally,” and just the application process was a slog, she said. I went through 40,000 applications.

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Breitbarts Milo Yiannopoulos resigns following outrage over …

Milo Yiannopoulos, the incendiary writer who helped make Breitbart News a leading organ of the alt-right, resigned from the news organization Tuesday after a video of him endorsing pedophilia resurfaced online over the weekend. Yiannopoulos has been a flame-throwing provocateur whose writing has offended women, Muslims, blacks and gay people ever since former Breitbart executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon hired him as a senior editor in 2014. Bannon, now President Trumps senior adviser, championed the British-born Yiannopouloss inflammatory commentary and promoted him as a conservative truth-teller and champion of free speech. In turn, his popularity helped raise Breitbarts profile among Trumps supporters and the alt-right, a vaguely defined collection of nationalists, anti-immigration proponents and anti-establishment conservatives. Adherents of the alt-right are known for espousing racist, anti-Semitic and sexist points of view. Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved, Yiannopoulos said in a statement announcing his resignation. They have been a significant factor in my success. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) As recently as last week, Breitbart editor Alexander Marlow in an interview called Yiannopoulos the No.1 free speech warrior of his generation in America at the moment. But Yiannopouloss views on pedophilia apparently went too far even for Breitbart. The site was under pressure to take action against Yiannopoulos, 32, from its own staff, which had threatened to revolt if he wasnt fired or disciplined, according to people familiar with the discussions. In a video interview early last year, Yiannopoulos condoned sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and joked about a sexual encounter he said he had with a Catholic priest as a teenager. Youre misunderstanding what pedophilia means, he told the hosts of a podcast. Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty. A group called the Reagan Battalion was among those calling attention to the interview to highlight its opposition to Yiannopouloss speaking role at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the Washington area. The reemergence of the video triggered a cascade of adverse consequences for Yiannopoulos. First, CPACs organizer, the American Conservative Union, rescinded its invitation to him as a conference speaker. The groups chairman said in a statement that the organization found his comments disturbing and the video offensive. Then Simon & Schuster canceled an agreement to publish Yiannopouloss forthcoming memoir, Dangerous, for which it paid him a $250,000 advance. The publisher said it decided to cancel the book which had drawn protests before the pedophilia flap arose after careful consideration. Yiannopoulos, meanwhile, defended himself on Facebook on Sunday and Monday as the tide of controversy rose. I do not support pedophilia. Period, he wrote. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a coordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject. The openly gay writer made his name with a knack for taunting various groups and manipulating the outrage that followed. He led a Twitter campaign last year against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones that was so vitriolic that Twitter banned him. He has called feminism cancer in his campus appearances, and he once wrote a Breitbart story headlined, Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy. The departure of Yiannopoulos was met with a mixed reaction by Breitbarts staff, which learned of his resignation via Twitter. There was no internal announcement, said one staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. He was on an island off to himself, the journalist said. Milo has virtually nothing to do with the news operation. But Yiannopouloss outrageous commentary did reflect poorly on the organization, said Lee Stranahan, a Breitbart reporter who streamed remarks on Periscope in the moments before the star columnist staged a news conference in New York. I dont wish anybody badly, but do I kind of hope Milo goes away? Stranahan said. I think I do. I think that would be best for everybody. … Because hes not adding to the brand. He was also critical of the sites heavy promotion of Yiannopoulos, noting that the writers face was often featured prominently on the website. Stranahan asserted that Yiannopouloss resignation might allow the site to focus on the left and Islamists, which he described as the biggest threat to America. Addressing the media in New York on Tuesday, Yiannopoulos was alternately defiant, apologetic and self-pitying. He repeated his denunciation of child sexual abuse and said he would donate 10 percent of the royalties from his book, if it eventually gets published, to organizations that advocate on behalf of abuse victims. But he added, This is a cynical media witch hunt by people who do not care about children. They care about destroying me. He also said he will continue to speak and write in the same fashion. I dont think that anything that has happened to me in the past 24 hours will stop me from being as offensive, provocative and outrageously funny on any subject I please. Manuel Roig-Franzia contributed to this report.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Banned From Venmo and PayPal

MiloYiannopoulos has been banned from both Venmo and its parent company PayPal after the former Breitbart tech editor used the platforms to send anti-Semitic content to a Jewish journalist. When an individual violates PayPals longstanding Acceptable Use Policy, the company will take action as deemed appropriate, the company said in a statement. We ensure that people do not use our platform and services to promote hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance. News of the ban was first reported byYiannopoulos on Instagram, who posted screengrabs of messages he received from both companies. Also Read: Milo Yiannopoulos Defends ‘Gunning Journalists Down’ Comment After Annapolis Shooting: It Was a ‘Private Joke’ A person familiar with the matter said the decision to oust Yiannopoulos from the platforms came after he sent a Jewish journalist $14.88. The figure is a highly charged white supremacist dog whistle. The 14 is a reference to domestic terrorists David Lanes 14-word credo: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. The 88 is often used in Neo-Nazi circles as a veiled referenced to Heil Hitler (H is the eight letter of the alphabet), according to the Anti-Defamation League. The ban from Venmo and PayPal is not related toYiannopoulos comments earlier this week when he told theNew York Observerthat he looked forward to the day when vigilante squads start gunning journalists down on sight. Many criticizedYiannopoulos following the attack at a Maryland newspaper on Thursday that left five dead. When reached by TheWrap, Yiannopoulos declined to comment for this story and insisted that the media should apologize to him for insinuating that he was responsible for the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette.He has also vowed to sue the New York Observerand reporter Davis Richardson for its story on him. Check out Yiannopoulos Instagram posts below: hmm! A post shared by MILO (@milo.yiannopoulos) on Jun 28, 2018 at 3:09pm PDT Megyn Kelly calls Trump out on womenTrump famously feuded former anchor Kelly after she asked him a tough question at a Republican primary debate about derogatory statements he’s made about women. Trump took it personally, judging by his response on Twitter and in interviews. He later famously said Kelly must have had “blood coming out of her wherever” regarding the question. Watch the debate question here. Kelly to Trump: “Facts matter”Trump kept hammering at Kelly on Twitter and elsewhere. When he called her out for not using the IBT poll when he was leading the Republican primary field, Kelly rebuked him with a tweet showing she did use the poll. “Facts matter,” she wrote. Fox mocksTrumpwith statement on debate skippingpollAfter polled his Twitter followers to see ifhe should drop out of a Fox-hosted Republican primary debate,Fox responded artfully with a sarcastic statement that it had learnedfrom “secret” sources Trump might be treated unfairly as president by foreign leaders. Bill O’Reilly calls out Trump’s tweet with totally wrong stats”The O’Reilly Factor” grilled Trump in a Nov. 2015 interview about his tweet that erroneously said black people killed whites at a rate of 81 percent, while whites kill blacks at a rate of 15 percent.O’Reilly told Trump, “You shouldn’t tweet.” Trump did not take that advice. Chris Wallace bucks Trump calling media “enemy of the public”After his press conference in January 2017, Trump continued his attack on media he doesn’t like on Twitter. Anchor ChrisWallace wasn’t having it on “Fox & Friends.” Wallace said Trump’s comments “crossed an important line” and said they were dangerous. Wallace says the media is too easy on TrumpIn an interview with TheWrap, Wallace said he thinks Sunday political shows in particular should be tougher on Trump.”I think if anything, the media has treated him too well.By that I mean theyve allowed him to play by different rules.” Read the full interview. O’Reilly tells Trump Putin is “a killer”In a February interview, O’Reilly brought up Trump’s apparent refusal to criticize Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian president “a killer.” Trump famously responded by saying, “What, you think our country is so innocent?” Watch it here. Smith wails on Trump’s refusal to talk about Russia hacksNobody on Fox hits Trump harder than Shep Smith. “We have a right to know You call us fake news and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people.” Watch it here. Neil Cavuto tells Trump he’s problem, not mainstream mediaResponding to Trump’s tweet claiming the mainstream media wants him off social media, Cavuto called out Trump for losing track of his own agenda. “Mr. President, it is not the fake news media that’s your problem, it’s you,” Cavuto said. Watch it here. Smith blasts Trump administration on Russia: “Lie after lie after lie”Shep Smith was at it again following the news breaking about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. He took the Trump administration to task for its many lies about meetings with Russia, including Jared Kushner failing to report the meeting on his security clearance forms. “My grandmother used to say, ‘What a tangled web we weave when first we try to deceive,'” Smith declared on air, leaving fellow anchor Chris Wallace speechless. Watch it here. Trumps favorite network has pushed back a few times

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Maryland shooting: Milo Yiannopoulos slammed after …

CONTROVERSIAL commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has come under criticism in the wake of the Maryland newsroom shooting. It emerged that the former senior editor for Breitbart News, who has made a living out of making deliberately provocative remarks about women, people of colour and transgender people, had recently told two reporters that he cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists. READ MORE: Five dead as gunman attacks newsroom He told The Observers David Richardson that this is now his standard response to a request for comment. He sent a similar message to Will Sommer, a reporter for the Daily Beast. In the wake of the tragic shooting, people on social media have criticised the 33-year-old for his earlier remarks: Yiannopoulos has addressed the connection to his remarks on Facebook, saying: Youre about to see a raft of news stories claiming that I am responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists. The truth, as always, is the opposite of what the media tells you. He continued: I sent a troll about vigilante death squads as a *private* response to a few hostile journalists who were asking me for comment, basically as a way of saying, F**k off. They then published it. Amazed they were pretending to take my joke as a threat, I reposted these stories on Instagram to mock them and to make it clear that I wasnt being serious. He went on to say: I made a private, offhand troll to two hostile reporters, who breathlessly publicised it and like vermin their fellow journalists swarmed to remind the world how much they hate Milo. If the Left was truly horrified by violence against journalists, they would have shown it in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo. As you all know, they didnt. Yiannopoulos is known to have ties with US President Donald Trump, billionaire Robert Mercer and white supremacist Richard Spencer. Police were called to the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, 50km east of Washington DC, on Thursday afternoon local time, after several people were shot dead. The suspect in the shooting was reported as a white male in his 20s who was armed with a shotgun. His name or a motive is not yet known. US President Donald Trump, who was in Wisconsin for the groundbreaking of a new electronics plant, tweeted that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims. The motive for the shooting is not yet known.

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Milo Yiannopoulos on gunning journalists down remark: I …

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos said he was being sarcastic when he told a reporter that he fantasized about the gunning down of journalists, after a massive social media backlash blamed him for inciting violence ahead of theCapital Gazette newspaper shooting on Thursday. I cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight, Mr. Yiannopoulosreportedly told the Observer over text message, in response to a question about a story on a New York City restaurant he is said to frequent. When asked by Observer reporter Davis Richardson to elaborate on the statement, Mr. Yiannopoulos said it was his standard response to a request for comment. He also reportedly sent the same message to The Daily Beasts Will Sommer. Social media users immediately blamed Mr. Yiannopoulos for inciting violence against journalists after a gunman shot and killed five people and wounded several others Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. In a Facebook post, Mr. Yiannopoulos said his comment was meant as a troll of inquiring journalists and that reports he was inciting violence were wholly false. I regret nothing I said, though of course like any normal person I am saddened to hear of needless death, he wrote. Amazed they were pretending to take my joke as a threat, I reposted these stories on Instagram to mock them and to make it clear that I wasnt being serious. If there turns out to be any dimension to this crime related to my private, misreported remarks, the responsibility for that lies squarely and wholly with the Beast and the Observer for drumming up fake hysteria about a private joke, and with the verified liberals who pretended they thought I was serious, he continued. I made a private, offhand troll to two hostile reporters, who breathlessly publicized it and like vermin their fellow journalists swarmed to remind the world how much they hate Milo. If the Left was truly horrified by violence against journalists, they would have shown it in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo. As you all know, they didnt.

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Milo Yiannopoulos: I hope journalists are murdered PinkNews

Former alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos texted a newspaper saying that he hopes that squads start gunning journalists down on sight. The threat, which was texted to the New York Observer, came after the publication asked him for a statement after his booking was refused at a restaurant after they discovered his identity. I cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight, the far-right provocateur texted a reporter for the New York Observer from the publication, reported splcenter.org. The response from theex Breitbart Tech editor has resulted in some university campuses questioning whether or not they should invite Yiannopoulos on campus for fear of inciting hatred, reported The Advocate. Yionnopoulos fell from grace when he was accused of endorsing pederasty in a series of clips which emerged in 2017. In one video reported by Uproxx, taken from an old livestream with the internet figure, Yiannopoulos attacks the age of consent as an arbitrary one-size-fits-all policing of culture. In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men the sort of coming of age relationship those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they cant speak to their parents. Yiannopoulos himself is a former journalist. In just 24 hours, the columnist was dropped from far-right news website Breitbart News, had his book deal axed by Simon & Schuster, and was removed from the line-up of the Republican CPAC conference. His book Dangerous had been set for release this year, but after the cancellation of the Simon & Schuster deal Yiannopoulos was apparently unable to find another mainstream publisher. He resorted to self-publishing. The disgraced alt-right figure recently led an influx of controversial figures to join the UK Independence Party.

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Milo Yiannopoulos texts about ‘gunning journalists down’ 2 …

It didnt take long for the internet to point out that former Breitbart editor and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos had publicly stated he is issuing reporters threatening messages when asked to comment for stories as a shooter terrorized the newsroom at the Capital Gazette in Maryland. I cant wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight, he told New York’s online Observer over text message, published on Tuesday. When asked to elaborate on who specifically had upset him, Yiannopoulos explained that the statement was his standard response to a request for comment. Hours before the official motive was revealed and suspect Jarrod Ramos was identified, manyon social media noticed the link between Yiannopoulos’ words two and thethe mid-day shooting on Thursday, where five people were killed. Many also noticed thatPresident Trump regularly bashesthe media, referring to them as the “enemy.” Yiannopoulous responded on his own Facebook page that he is “not responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists.” Police ultimately revealed thatYiannopoulouswas right: Ramos had a longstanding grudge against the newspaper about a column written about him after he harassed a woman. Gazette reporter Phil Davis was live tweeting that multiple people had been shot.

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Are Milo Yiannopoulos, Tommy Robinson and Sargon of Akkad …

The ‘Day of Freedom’ rally in London on Sunday brought protesters and prominent right-wing commentators and political figures together under the banner of ‘free speech.’ RT takes a look at some of the leading agitators. Billed as a protest against what organisers see as the subversion of free speech that has infiltrated British society in recent years, the ‘Day for Freedom’ march from speaker’s corner in Hyde Park to Whitehall encompassed groups such as the Football Lads Alliance and the Veterans Against Terrorism alongside social media provocateurs such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Tommy Robinson and Sargon of Akkad. The day did not pass without controversy over Ali Dawah, a YouTuber and co-founder of the Muslim Youth Movement channel. Dawah was due to speak at the rally but was allegedly blocked from speaking before being attacked by who he described as “Nazi thugs.” Scenes that were captured on camera and tweeted by Dawah. It begs the question, how is preventing a Muslim from speaking at an event called ‘Day of Freedom’ in keeping with the spirit of promoting free speech? Where is the anger from the main protagonists? Or are Muslims excluded from the free speech debate? Perhaps the question isn’t surprising when you consider the history of some of the day’s main speaker. The former senior editor for Breitbart, avowed anti-feminist, self-described “cultural libertarian” and alt-right provocateur has been embroiled in many controversies over recent years. He was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016 for initiating the abuse against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones after the film crashed at the box office. Of Jones, Yiannopoulos tweeted: “If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim. EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS.” Followed by: “Ghostbusters is doing so badly they’ve deployed @Lesdoggg [Leslie Jones] to play the victim on Twitter. Very sad!” Concluding with, “Barely literate. America needs better schools!” and “rejected by yet another black dude.” In 2017, Yiannopoulos was accused of supporting child abuse in an internet live stream, claiming that “you can get quite hung up on this child abuse thing” and suggesting that “younger boys” and older men could be a “coming-of-age relationship in which those older men help those younger boys discover who they are.” His comments resulted in the American Conservative Union rescinding its invitation to have him speak at the group’s annual CPAC conference in 2017. Despite being openly gay and marrying his long-term boyfriend in Hawaii in 2017, Yiannopoulos wrote an article for Breitbart where he insisted that “gays should pipe down and get back in the closet” because there had been too much “mollycoddling of homosexuals” in today’s society. In 2016, he told Bloomberg that he didn’t employ gay people because he “didn’t trust them,” and, more recently, he backed Trump’s controversial ban on transgender people serving in the US military, claiming that they are mentally ill. Read more Robinson, the former leader and co-founder of the English Defence League, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon, took to the stage on Sunday to tell protesters that he was going to take Twitter to court for banning him from their social media website. Since his banning, Robinson has taken to beating the free speech drum. “What I’m going to do, is I’m going to take Twitter to court,” he declared on Sunday. “I won’t get my Twitter account back, but what we’ll be able to prove which needs proving is that ‘facts’ are now seen as ‘hate’, and the government is pushing its agenda with private companies.” He famously blamed “every single Muslim” for “getting away” with the 7/7 London bombings, and he called Islam a fascist and violent religion in a speech in Tower Hamlets, as reported by the Guardian in 2013. Freedom, exempt for Muslims, in the UK? In 2010, Robinson was found guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour during a football fan brawl in Luton in August 2011. He was given a three-year ban from football and a 12-month community rehabilitation order. He was widely condemned for launching a tirade against Muslims and the religion of Islam after the Westminster terrorist attack in 2017, claiming that “this is the reality. The reality is these people are waging war on us,” as reported by the Independent. His attack was seen by many as exploiting a tragedy. “Far-right figures like Tommy Robinson are vile opportunists: using victims of today’s attack to spread their anti-Muslim message,” Maya Goodfellow, a journalist, wrote on Twitter. Part of the growing alt-right, Sargon of Akkad, whose real name is Carl Benjamin, rose to prominence during Gamergate, an anti-feminist backlash by a section of gamers, from which Benjamin developed a reputation for opposing anti-misogyny movements and writers, garnering himself 800,000 YouTube subscribers in the process. He controversially tweeted Labour MP Jess Phillips after she wrote in the Huffington Post that, “people talking about raping me isn’t fun, but has become somewhat par for the course”, in which he said he “wouldn’t even rape [her],” which drew criticism from many on Twitter. The Daily Dot claims that Benjamin does not seem to be a part of the ‘alt-right’ movement himself, but does enjoy attacking alt-right targets like feminism, Islam, Black Lives Matter, and the notion of straight white male privilege. In a Youtube video, he describes ‘Black Lives Matter’ as “a black supremacist movement that is violent and dangerous and wants to kill police officers.” Is this the kind of rhetoric that empowers black people, or is it the rhetoric of someone that wants to delegitimize the concerns of a movement whose goal is to establish equal rights for black people in the US? Those are three supposed proponents of ‘free speech,’ yet it’s up for debate as to whether they are genuinely seeking to bring about freedoms for all people no matter their colour, creed, gender or sexuality. Omar Baggili, RT Journalist Like this story? Share it with a friend!

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Twitter Permanently Suspends Conservative Writer Milo …

Twitter has banned one of its most notoriously contentious voices. On Tuesday evening, the microblogging service permanently suspended the account of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after he incited his followers to bombard Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones with racist and demeaning tweets. “People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a company spokesperson said in a statement provided 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.” Yiannopoulos, who currently serves as Breitbart’s tech editor, has been hailed as a voice of the new alt-right movement. As such, he has made a living as a provocateur, continually inflaming tensions between progressive branches of the internet focused on identity politics and the fervently anti-PC segment that constantly trolls it. For years, Yiannopoulous has used Twitter not only to voice his controversial opinions, but to direct his legion of followers (388,042 at the time of this writing) toward his opponents. As a result, he’s been temporarily banned from Twitter a number of times for violating its terms of service and stripped of his verified status. But this week he went too far. According to Twitter, it was Yiannopoulos who led the harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones an effort that inspired the SNL cast member to leave Twitter. The barrage of tweets, many of which decried Jones for being black and a woman, were the final straw for Twitter, which is working to try to solve its harassment problem. According to the company, Yiannopoulos’s permanent suspension isn’t a matter of speech as much as a matter of behavior specifically, a violation of Twitter’s rules regarding the targeted abuse of specific users. At a party Tuesday night at the GOP convention in Cleveland, Yiannopoulos told BuzzFeed News he had received an email from Twitter in advance of the action, warning him his account was about to be suspended. “They made a very dumb decision right before I had the eyes of the world media on me. I think they’re going to come to regret it,” he said. “Anyone who believes in free speech was sent a very powerful message today, which is that you’re not welcome on Twitter.” Asked if he planned to attempt to reinstate his account, Yiannopoulos seemed unsure. “I don’t know, maybe. I’m going to see what I can do,” he said. Here’s Twitter’s statement in full: We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. Well provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks. BuzzFeed News reporter Rosie Gray contributed to this report. Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture. Contact Charlie Warzel at charlie.warzel@buzzfeed.com. Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.

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Milo Yiannopoulos’ charity for ‘white boys’ winds down as …

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. A charity meant to provide college scholarships for white men started by Milo Yiannopoulos, self-described libertarian and professional internet troll, has shuttered its operations, Yiannopoulos confirmed to NBC News. After two years and multiple scandals that include allegations from former employees of mismanagement, the most basic details of the $100,000 Privilege Grant Foundation fund its donations, disbursements, and scholarship winners remain a mystery. Its failure is just the most recent in a string of setbacks that have derailed the self-styled provocateur, who was one of the earliest and most notorious figures inside the so-called alt-right conservative movement. At present, the Privilege Grant is not accepting new applications or donations, Yiannopoulos said in a statement sent by texts to NBC News. What started as a social experiment that also did some good winding up social justice warriors while also sending poor kids to college became fodder for disingenuous, mouth-breathing retards in the press to baselessly accuse me of white nationalism. As a gay man happily married to an African-American, I got tired of explaining to my husband why people on the TV kept calling me a racist,” Yiannopoulos wrote. Public donations to the Grant have been allocated to worthy recipients, and we are in the process of distributing the final awards,” he told NBC News. “We are also discussing what form future activities may take, and under whose leadership they might proceed. The Grant remains a 501(c)(3) charity in good standing with the IRS. Yiannopoulos declined to provide details surrounding donations or disbursements, and declined to answer follow-up questions on the record. The scholarship fund was launched in January 2016 by Yiannopoulos, then a technology editor at Breitbart News, and billed as “exclusively available to white men who wish to pursue their post-secondary education on equal footing with their female, queer, and ethnic minority classmates.” At the time, Yiannopoulos said the scholarships would be paid for by himself and other private donors, but declined to detail for NBC News both how much money he had contributed and raised for his charity. In 2016 he told The Daily Beast there was between $100,000 and $250,000 in the funds coffers. Yiannopoulos also declined to provide information on the number of recipients or their identities. In January 2016, Yiannopoulos told Breitbart News he planned to give out 50 grants. In a later fundraiser, a five-hour #MiloGivesBack livestream, Yiannopoulos said the grants would number 100. By August 2016, the same summer that he was permanently banned from Twitter for harassing Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos still hadnt handed out a dime, provided a means for needy men to apply, nor even filed the necessary paperwork to become a recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. After the foundations director, right-wing gossip blogger Margaret MacLennan, began tweeting allegations that donations to the fund were actually going into Yiannopouloss pockets, a livestream participant demanded transparency over the tons of money raised during the telethon, and a report on his mismanagement of the fund was published in The Guardian. A later piece in Mic alleged the money had disappeared down a rabbit hole of private bank accounts and apparent shell companies. Things looked bleak for the future of the Privilege Grant Foundation. Then in December 2016, it seemed Yiannopoulos had finally found a way to make his charity happen. He announced in a blog post that he had formed a partnership with a wealthy donor who had secured a top Washington firm willing to assist with the difficult and costly process of applying for federal nonprofit status. An IRS spokesperson told NBC News the typical processing time for 501(c)(3) applications is between 90 and 180 days, and the cost to file for federal tax exempt status is between $275 and $600, depending on the form. The new partnership seemed to work. In January 2017, one year after forming and allegedly raising money for his charity, Yiannopoulos announced that funds would begin flowing in the form of college scholarships to white, low-income men. He said the $2,500 grants from the pilot program would go to far fewer than the 100 white men he had initially suggested just 10 people. Still, he said, the grants would help level the playing field.” However, while things were finally going well for his foundation, Yiannopoulos career was crashing down around him. In February 2017, he was forced to resign from Breitbart after a video emerged online in which he seemed to endorse sex between older men and boys as young as 13. He quickly held a news conference where he apologized for the comments, saying he was “horrified” that anyone would think he supported pedophilia. But the damage was done. In the aftermath, the conservative CPAC conference disinvited Yiannopoulos from his speaking gig and Simon & Schuster canceled the forthcoming publication of an autobiography for which he had received a staggering $250,000 advance. While all of this was happening, Yiannopoulous’ scholarship fund was being managed by an anti-feminist blogger who goes by the pseudonym Janet Bloomfield (also known on the internet as Judgy Bitch). Bloomfield, a small, but vocal figure in the Mens Rights community, is known for her penchant for trolling feminists online she was suspended from Twitter in 2016 after donning blackface, calling Beyonc a feral thug, and warning the singer’s fans that she would have them “lynched. Controversy aside, Bloomfields appointment seemed to speed up the charitys operation. Trying to give away money is actually really hard to do, Bloomfield told NBC News. Its hard to do that legally,” and just the application process was a slog, she said. I went through 40,000 applications.

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