Leslie Jones on Confronting Her Twitter Trolls, and Why the Site Still Has Work to Do


Leslie Jones is back on Twitter after sharing part of a torrent of racist abuse she received on the platform earlier this week, though to hear her tell Seth Meyers, she never really left. "I just signed out because I wanted to deal with what was going on," Jones said, adding that she had conversations with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, which eventually led to the site banning alt-right journalist and troll Milo Yiannopoulos, among other users. The site has struggled to contain harassment, and mostly relies on users self-reporting abuse. "If I hadn't said anything," Jones pointed out, "nobody would've ever known about this. All those people would still have had an account."

Meyers also shared a clip with supportive messages from Jones's fans, and Jones herself promised that she'll stay on the site (who else will livetweet Game of Thrones?). She compared Twitter to her favorite restaurant, where the food is excellent, but "three people just got shot in front of me. Y'all need to get some security."