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Actress Leslie Jones is fed up with the barrage of hate she has received on Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR).

Jones has been bombarded with racist and misogynist comments, obscene photos and comments.

The "Ghostbusters" star most recently Tweeted, "I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the [s---] I got today. Wrong."

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Twitter Responds

Twitter heard Jones' cries for help and the company's CEO Jack Dorsey publicly reached out to the actress. The company also permanently banned Breitbart's Milo Yiannopolous who some say led the harassment campaign against Jones.

Twitter told BuzzFeed in a statement, "No one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others."

Twitter's statement didn't mention Yiannopoulos by name and that it has a "process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted."

The company also acknowledged it has "not done enough to curb this type of behavior" and that it will implement changes in the coming weeks which will be communicated to the Twitter community shortly.

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