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Martin Shkreli Harassed Lauren Duca, Twitter Suspended Him

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has one less way to be a trolly twerp now.

Twitter suspended his account on Sunday following targeted harassment of freelance journalist Lauren Duca.

Shkreli is known for astronomically raising the price of an HIV medication, before being arrested for fraud in 2015. He has since kept his infamy constant by being a troll.

Duca rose to fame last month after an article she wrote for Teen Vogue, titled "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America," went viral due to its quality writing and the sexist disbelief that teenage girls can be interested in politics.

As her star rose, the trolls came out.

Shkreli was the most high-profile of them.

He began tweeting about wanting to date her. Duca told BuzzFeed,

Shkreli slid into Duca's DMs.

He asked her via Twitter direct message to be his plus-one to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Duca screenshotted his invitation and tweeted it, adding,


Her tweet of the screenshot went viral, racking up more than 18,000 retweets.

Then things got even creepier, somehow.

Shkreli changed his Twitter bio to be totally Duca-filled. It was super, super creepy.

He made his header a collage of photos of Duca, which she said were taken off of Twitter, Facebook and Google.

A phrase on the collage read,

Shkreli changed his Twitter bio photo to a photoshopped picture of himself with Duca on his lap.

It was very disturbing.

Shkreli defended his harassment, saying in tweets,

BuzzFeed DM'd her for comment, to which he responded,

Duca tweeted about Shkreli's harassment, saying,

She tagged Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter.


Her tweet went viral and many other people picked up her cause.

With growing anger mounting toward Twitter, the platform suspended Shkreli's account.

Which makes sense, of course, because Twitter only ever does something if it makes them look really bad.


Twitter has been under attack for...well...ever for their inadequate handling of harassment, especially that which is sexist and racist.

We're currently on yet another peak of people calling Twitter absolutely useless at protecting women on the site. At the start of 2017, famous writer Lindy West wrote for the Guardian that she had quit Twitter.

She wrote,

Although this does take away one form of Shkreli's infamy, it's probably that all he wanted from harassing Duca was more attention, and thus he got it as we all cover this story.

A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed,

It should be noted that Twitter has yet to suspend the account of Donald Trump, a notorious Twitter harasser.

Duca and Shkreli have both commented on the account suspension.

Duca made it clear in a video that this harassment was far from welcome. She told BuzzFeed,

Shkreli told the New York Daily News they were harassing him by calling and asking for comment on his harassment. He said,

He broadcasted that call on Periscope, which is owned by Twitter.

Great job keeping harassers off your platforms, Twitter.

Citations: Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, New York Daily News