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Martin Shkreli was permanently suspended from Twitter but says he has a new account

Martin Shkreli was permanently suspended from Twitter but says he has a new account

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Martin Shkreli, who was temporarily suspended from Twitter in January for targeted harassment of journalist Lauren Duca, has now been permanently suspended from the service.

As reported by The New York Post, he announced the ban on his Facebook page writing, “Breaking News: Twitter has confirmed I am PERMANENTLY suspended from Twitter. This account will not be restored.” The instigating event for the ban is unclear this time, though you can see that the handle @MartinShkreli is indeed suspended.

Shkreli announced that he has already set up a new Twitter account with the handle @TrashyTheCat, which has so far tweeted mostly nonsense, and followed a handful of “hackers,” tech figures, politicians, and reporters. Notably, Duca.

Update: @TrashyTheCat has also been suspended.

The new account also made one reference to the unreleased Lil Wayne album Tha Carter V. Shkreli purchased the only copy last December, and was accused of leaking two of the tracks earlier this week.

Shkreli is most famous for hiking the cost of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, but he’s also well known for being incredibly obnoxious. After he paid $2 million for the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin he set up a YouTube live stream of him sitting, doing nothing, and teasing that he would play the album. He did not play it at that time, but later streamed clips of it to celebrate Donald Trump being elected as president.

We’ve reached out to Twitter for comment and will update if we hear back.

Updated May 5th 7:38 AM ET: Updated to include the suspension of Shkreli’s new account.