Posting Something Like This Can Get You Banned from Twitter

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Twitter has banned someone for breaking the Twitter rules. Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive, posted a creepy photo collage of Teen Vogue editor Lauren Duca. As a result, he was kicked out of Twitter.

The social networking service has revealed that Shkreli’s account is temporarily suspended because his post was harassing Duca.

“The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted harassment, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,” a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable.

Shkreli can get back into Twitter if he is ready to make changes to his controversial post. Duca was happy to know of Twitter’s decision. In her opinion, Twitter has done the right thing by banning Shkreli. “Trolling seems to be an automatic occupational hazard for female writers who receive any level of professional attention,” she said in a statement.

Shkreli’s Tweet

In the alleged image, one could see Shkreli and Duca cuddling on a couch. Shkreli had used a photo editing software to create the image. It was his profile picture on Twitter.

Some time back, Shkreli was criticized for his decision to increase the price of an anti-parasite drug used by HIV patients. He had invited Duca to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony which will be taking place on January 20. But Duca rejected his offer and tweeted that she would rather eat her own organs.  

Recently, Duca had an interview with Tucker Carlson. After that, she got death threats. Shkreli’s Tweet added salt to the injury.

“For any of my personal aggressors reading this: Would I rather you leave me alone? Of course! But know that you will never, ever silence me. Every one of your messages only serves to strengthen my resolve. I promise to never stop fighting,” Duca said.

Twitter’s strict rules to prevent harassment is much appreciated. On its help center page, Twitter has clearly mentioned that it will not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.

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