Gigi Hadid quits Twitter saying it has become more of a ‘cesspool of hate’ and ‘bigotry’ under Elon Musk’s leadership

  • Model Gigi Hadid has deactivated her Twitter account after 10 years on the platform.
  • She said that Twitter was becoming more of a “cesspool of hate” and “bigotry” under its “new leadership.”
  • Hadid is the latest in a string of celebrities who have left the platform following Musk’s takeover.

Model Gigi Hadid has deactivated her Twitter account after Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media platform.

On Saturday, Hadid shared a tweet that claimed Twitter’s entire human rights department had been laid off to her Instagram story.

She wrote underneath the screenshot: “I deactivated my Twitter account today. For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and it’s not a place I want to be a part of.”

The model added she couldn’t say that Twitter was a “safe place for anyone.”

Representatives for Hadid and Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Hadid apologized to her fans, saying she had “loved connecting with” them for a decade on Twitter.

Hadid is the latest in a string of celebrities who have left the platform after Musk’s takeover, including singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, R&B star Toni Braxton, and “Bridgerton” creator Shonda Rhimes.

Days after Musk’s deal closed, screenwriter, producer, and showrunner Rhimes also said she quit the platform. She posted a tweet saying: “Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye.”v

Some stars vowed to leave the platform in April after Musk originally offered to buy the platform, citing concerns over what the self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist” would do as head of the social media giant.

Since Musk finalized the $44 billion deal, there has been a rise in hate speech on the platform and approximately half the company’s workforce has been laid off with little notice, prompting concern from the United Nations.

 

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