This article was originally published by Buzzfeed:
Twitter’s removal of journalist and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’s verification badge for unspecified rules violations has pushed the company — in the midst of a crackdown on harassment — deeper into the politicized battle over online speech.
Though Yiannopoulos is still on the platform, the self-described supervillain is widely impersonated and the loss of the verification badge could well make it difficult for him to distribute his message on Twitter.
“The primary purpose of verification is to combat impersonation,” Yiannopoulos told BuzzFeed News in an email. “I can’t think of anyone on the internet more impersonated (whether out of affection or otherwise) than me.”
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