On Friday, Twitter unveiled a new default profile pic for users, swapping out the site’s ubiquitous egg avatars for a human-like blob. According to the company, the move was made to encourage “people to express themselves” after noticing “an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behaviour”.
Nazi-saluting white nationalist Richard Spencer — who coined the term “alt-right” — had his Twitter account reinstated, along with verification. In mid-November, Spencer was suspended from the site along with other prominent alt-right voices like Pax Dickinson and Ricky Vaughn.
Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart blogger better known on Twitter as @Nero, has been permanently banned from Twitter after inciting a campaign of racist harassment against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones that prompted the actress to quit Twitter.