Actress Leslie Jones has returned to Twitter, after a small break from the social media platform, sparked by the racial abuse she was receiving at the time.
The attacks came shortly after the release of the new ‘Ghostbusters’ film, in which she played one of the leading roles.
Journalist Milo Yiannopoulos had his Twitter account suspended on 19 July 2016, reportedly in relation to the abuse.
Struggling to come to terms with the way in which people were behaving towards her, Leslie stated that she would be leaving Twitter. However, she has now made a return to her account.
Announcing her comeback, she tweeted, “Welp…a bitch thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!”.
Leslie also thanked her fans via Twitter, using the hashtag they’ve been tweeting with, saying, “Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on @sethmeyers #LoveForLeslieJ”.
Since the incident, Twitter’s claim to be a platform for complete freedom of speech has come into question. It seems that a line needs to be drawn between freedom of speech and targeted harassment.