Twitter Suspends Martin Shkreli For Harassing Journalist

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Pharmaceutical executive and noted social media troll Martin Shkreli seemingly took his antagonistic schtick too far this week, and his high-profile Twitter account has been temporarily suspended for harassing a Teen Vogue writer. 

Shkreli, who currently faces federal securities fraud charges relating to his pharmaceutical business (he’s currently scheduled to stand trial on June 26), drew both a huge amount of attention and criticism on Sunday morning for his tweets at Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca.

Duca, whose profile exploded in recent months with her widely-read piece “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America,” as well as a contentious interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, found herself on the receiving end of Shkreli’s unwanted public affection, following her public rejection of an invitation to the Donald Trump inauguration. 

Last Thursday, Duca tweeted out a screenshot of a direct message from Shkreli, inviting her to the event, along with a straightforward response.

In other words, that’s a no, Martin. But apparently such straightforward rejection wasn’t enough for him. By Sunday, Shkreli responded by changing his Twitter header image to a collage of photos of Duca. His profile photo was also changed to an image of Duca sitting next to her husband, with Shkreli’s own face Photoshopped over his. 

Needless to say, Duca—who’s already been the target of a deluge of sexist harassment in the aftermath of both her viral Teen Vogue piece and the Carlson interview—was bothered by this, and she tweeted visual evidence of Shkreli’s unsettling behavior to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

About three hours later, Shkreli’s account was suspended, because of his tweets at Duca. 

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

Shkreli can appeal the suspension, but he will have to make changes to his account in order for it to be reinstated.

Duca didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Dot for comment, but many users tweeted that they were reporting Shkreli’s account for harassment prior to the suspension.



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