Steve Bannon and Breitbart spent months trying to sabotage Twitter

From Engadget - December 12, 2017

Following Yiannopoulos' Twitter verification removal on January 9th of 2016, Yiannopoulos -- Breitbart's tech editor at the time -- sent an email to Bannon saying, "This will be a week of pain for Twitter. What do you think about a stunt? Protest outside their offices, 50 people in Milo masks demanding my badge back? I want to underscore how petty what they did was and what it has revealed about the company and what the consequences are going to be." Bannon was already against the platform because he believed it silenced conservative voices and over the next couple of months, the two, along with others like Chuck Johnson, discussed how they could get financial groups to short Twitter stock and push the already very low price down even further.

Bannon, Yiannopoulos, and Breitbart CEO Larry Solov also proceeded to look into potential lawsuits against Twitter with outside actors offering advice on various legal angles to pursue. However, communication amongst the group stalled and at one point Yiannopoulos said he would be looking into a legal course of action on his own.

As for the third prong of its Twitter war, Breitbart published 176 stories about Twitter between January 1st and August 17th -- the day Bannon left Breitbart to manage Trump's campaign. They covered all sorts of topics, all critical of the platform, with Bannon at times being very involved with the structuring of those stories.


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