“It’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry,” the model said of the social media platform.
Gigi Hadid has officially joined the mass Twitter exodus following billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s buyout of the social media platform.
The supermodel announced this past weekend that she deactivated her Twitter account, citing the company’s decision to eliminate its entire human rights team.
“I deactivated my Twitter account today,” Hadid wrote on her Instagram Story. “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.”
She expressed her regret for feeling the need to sever a place of connection with her fans, adding, “Only sorry to the fans, who I’ve loved connecting with for a decade via Twitter, but I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone, nor a social platform that will do more good than harm.”
Since Musk’s takeover, Twitter has been in hot water for laying off thousands of employees across the company and introducing a new paid-for subscription system for the platform’s verified blue checks. Cutting the human rights counsel from the company was merely Musk’s latest transgression.
In Hadid’s Instagram Story, she also shared a tweet from Shannon Raj Singh, a former employee of the counsel. “Yesterday was my last day at Twitter: the entire Human Rights team has been cut from the company,” Singh wrote. “I am enormously proud of the work we did to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, to protect those at-risk in global conflicts & crises including Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Ukraine, and to defend the needs of those particularly at risk of human rights abuse by virtue of their social media presence, such as journalists & human rights defenders.”