Between his legal troubles and his unshakeable status as a pharmaceuticals CEO turned super villain, Martin Shkreli just seems to want to unwind by trolling people on Twitter. Unfortunately for Pharma Bro, the social media platform wants nothing to do with him.
Shkreli, who is currently at the center of a developing courtroom drama in Brooklyn federal court over securities fraud allegations, took to Facebook on Sunday to announce that a spokesperson had set up a Twitter account under the handle @ShkreliSpeaks.
Not even a full day could pass before Twitter administrators caught wind of Shkreli’s new account and dropped the ban hammer, shunting Shkreli into the land of social media pariahs. To get back at Twitter for the slight, Shkreli instructed his Facebook followers to contact him at @jack, which is the handle used by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Pharma Bro first ran afoul of Twitter in January for allegedly harassing journalist Lauren Duca by transforming his page into a bizarre shrine for her. Duca, who rose to prominence after sitting down with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson for a contentious interview, claimed that Shkreli repeatedly messaged her and photoshopped his face onto pictures of her with her husband.
Shkreli appeared to have gotten the hint and stayed away from Twitter his securities fraud trial began. That’s when prosecutors accused Shkreli of commandeering a parody account called @BLMBro – which he claimed was created by a superfan – so that he could stealthily comment on trial evidence. That account was promptly suspended.
The kerfuffle also led judge Kiyo Matsumoto to ban Shkreli from discussing his case either inside or nearby the courtroom so that he does not cloud the jury’s judgments with his own musings.