Milo Yiannopoulos remains too hot for social media as Parler, a platform that prides itself as a free speech answer to Twitter and Facebook, banned the conservative author and provocateur for making off-color jokes.
Yiannopoulous is no stranger to censorship. The British mischief maker was a pioneer in being banned by Twitter without a clear answer to how his commentary violated their terms of service. He was booted from the social media giant in 2016 for being “offensive” after some of his followers teased the actress Leslie Jones over her failed Ghostbusters movie — none of which he directed.
Parler only relaunched its platform on Monday, after being offline for over a month after Amazon, in an unprecedented move, shut down on the servers that hosted the site.
The platform became ground zero for the cancel culture mob, who were frustrated that several right-wingers and Trump supporters they got kicked off mainstream platforms were finding a new place to share politically incorrect opinions to growing audiences.
On Tuesday, anti-speech advocates once again took a moment to rejoice in the silencing of someone who gets under their skin.
Barely able to contain their joy, professional anti-First Amendment advocacy group Sleeping Giants posted on Twitter, “CONFIRMED: Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned by PARLER!”
The National File first reported on the most recent Milo ban, writing that “eyebrows were raised when it was discovered that their new web hosting provider, SkySilk, bans undefined ‘hateful content’ from being hosted by them, with SkySilk ‘reserving the right to refuse to provide service’ to customers that host ‘racist, pornographic, hateful material or those which create customer service or abuse issues for us.’
“The CEO of SkySilk, Kevin Matossian, issued a statement saying that they are ‘well aware that Parler has received an aggressive response from those who believe their platform has been used as a safe haven for bad actors.’”
Matossian continued to say “let me be clear, SkySilk does not advocate nor condone hate, rather, it advocates the right to private judgment and rejects the role of being the judge, jury and executioner. Unfortunately, too many of our fellow technology providers seem to differ in their position on this subject.”
The statement added that “SkySilk feels that Parler is taking the necessary steps to better monitor its platform and applauds their release of new Community Guidelines.”
Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Yiannopoulos said, “just had a nice hour-long chat with a senior Parler executive. I said I’d consider coming back if I were immune from all punishments and they built me a custom ‘Messy Wine Mom’ badge. They’re thinking about it.”
Yiannopoulos clarified his account’s status to his audience on Telegram, writing, “Parler doesn’t even have a ban function. They panicked and marked my account private and changed my password to ‘ban’ me.”
Shortly after, Parler appeared to have reinstated Yiannopoulos’s account.
Journalist Cassandra Fairbanks posted on Twitter, “UPDATE: Parler has reinstated Milo’s account. I have emailed their CEO again, asking if they will honor Milo’s terms that he will only rejoin the network if they make him a ‘messy wine mom’ badge.”
Yiannopoulos famously uses humor to push boundaries and take risks. Now Parler account holders are holding their breath to find out if bans will become business as usual for the platform.