FAU postpones controversial Breitbart reporter’s event after ‘threats of violence’

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Milo Yiannopoulos (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic University indefinitely postponed an event featuring controversial Breitbart tech reporter Milo Yiannopoulos after a “threats of violence,” according to university officials.

Yiannopoulos was scheduled to deliver a lecture he called “How Feminism Hurts Women” at the university today, Breitbart writes.

“The threats were related to Mr. Yiannopoulos’s visit to FAU’s Boca Raton campus and are not considered general threats to the university,” wrote Lisa Metcalf, university spokeswoman, in an email. The investigation is ongoing and no other details were provided.

The event, coordinated by a student group called Liberty Caucus, was not funded by the university, Metcalf said.

It isn’t the first time a Yiannopoulos event has been scratched last-minute. It happened at the University of Central Florida in Orlando back in June, following threats of violence on social media, according to Breitbart.

Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter this summer after he encouraged users to tweet incendiary, and in some cases racist, comments at actress Leslie Jones.  He called the banning a declaration of “war on free speech” on his Facebook account.

 

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