The Guardian columnist and Corbyn champion, Jones, and Conservative writer, Young, went head-to-head on Channel 4 News on Tuesday.
During the debate, Young said that it would "beggar belief" if long term Labour members vote for Corbyn, adding: "How many elections does Labour have to lose when it puts up a left wing leader in order for the message to sink home?"
The 51-year-old attempted to join Labour and back Corbyn in order to "consign Labour to electoral oblivion".
Yet 31-year-old Jones is a firm supporter of the left-wing candidate, saying he can secure the support of traditional Labour voters who turned to the Scottish Nationalist Party because they believed in core socialist values and opposed austerity plans.
Jones added: "The point Jeremy Corbyn has made is to balance the books to eradicate the deficit but not to do it on the backs of working people, low paid people and disabled people and so on."
The exchange caused strong divisions on Twitter, with many backing Jones:
Toby Young is now on #C4News saying he tried to vote in leadership ballot confine Lab to oblivion. His father wrote Labour's 1945 manifesto— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) August 11, 2015
So Owen Jones just slapped Toby Young right onto his smug Tory ass there. https://t.co/6Pzo8MIERn— Anya Durrant (@AnyaDurrant) August 11, 2015
Toby Young says England could end up like Venezuela under Corbyn... That's some serious ignorance of history, world politics & economics.— Elliott Hayes (@elliott_hayes) August 11, 2015
Young did have receive some support, with many criticising 'the left' for lambasting the Conservative writer.
Just reading barrage of insult by Corbyn backers aimed at Toby Young. Insults are fine if the Left do it apparently, not if the Right do it— Shayan S (@Shayan86) August 11, 2015
Just watched that Toby Young/Owen Jones debate. Anyone that thought Toby was being rude should look up the word "rude"— Adam J. Young (@JustALocalSerf) August 11, 2015
Great to see Toby Young sticking it to the pro-Corbyn idiots.— The Blue Baron (@Ryan__Blake) August 11, 2015
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