'Not a place I want to be part of': Gigi Hadid quits Twitter, calls it 'cesspool of hate and bigotry'

'Not a place I want to be part of': Gigi Hadid quits Twitter, calls it 'cesspool of hate and bigotry'
Gigi Hadid deletes her Twitter account in response to the massive layoffs, which also impacted the human rights team (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: There have been several improvements made to Twitter since Elon Musk took control of the social media platform. And Gigi Hadid apparently isn't too pleased about it. On Friday, November 4, she announced that she was quitting Twitter. In response to the massive layoffs, which also impacted the human rights team, the 27-year-old supermodel said on Instagram that she had deactivated her Twitter account and called it a "cesspool of hate & bigotry," reported Page Six. 

Hadid wrote on her now-deleted Instagram Stories, "For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it's becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and its not a place I want to be a part of." Hadid continued as she expressed her regret to her Twitter followers, with whom she enjoyed interacting. She wrote, "I can't say it's a safe place for anyone nor a social platform that will do more good than harm," reported Page Six.


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Hadid put a Human Rights Counsel Shannon Raj Singh's tweet about being fired from the social media company alongside her declaration. On Friday, November 4, Twitter let go about half of its staff, stating in an email to employees that the layoffs were "necessary to ensure the company's success moving forward."

Many Twitter users have expressed their opinions about Hadid's decision to delete her account, with one stating, "I guess she hasn't used twitter much in the last 8 years." Someone else wrote, "1 less pretentious person on Twitter. Almost everything posted by celebs is disingenuous & crafted to maintain their brand. In private they mostly have contempt for us." This other person, pleased to be a part of the new changes, wrote, "Nope I'm good I'm staying. I'd rather be a part of what’s changing then being a sheep following the herd."




 A fourth user pointed out that there are much worse problems than Musk's proposal and wrote, "Ppl behaving like things got worse with Elon. There was child porn, parody accounts, people made fun of children, people photoshoppped women's faces on men's bodies, ppl making fun of disabilities and none of it was ever removed after reporting. Nothing has changed." Many other celebrities have made the decision to stop using Twitter as American B&B singer Toni Braxton announced that she would likewise skip the social networking site. She wrote last month, "I'm shocked and appalled at some of the 'free speech' I've seen on this platform since its acquisition. Hate speech under the veil of "free speech" is unacceptable; therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons and other POC." 



In October, Shonda Rhimes, Sara Bareilles, and Téa Leoni also reportedly said goodbye to Twitter. On the other hand, Musk stirred up controversy just last week by announcing he would charge a monthly fee for the formerly highly sought-after blue verification check mark.

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