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Gigi Hadid Quits Twitter, Says it Promotes 'Hate & Bigotry' Since Musk's Takeover

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
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27-year-old supermodel Gigi Hadid announced quitting Twitter a few days after Elon Musk took over the platform.

She took to her Instagram account to announce that she would be going off the platform, claiming it is a "cesspool of hate & bigotry." This comes amid the massive layoffs at the company, with the human rights team being laid off. 

"For a long time, but especially with his new leadership, Twitter is increasingly becoming a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and it's not a place I want to be a part of," she said on her Instagram account. 

She also apologized to her fans on Twitter, saying she would still be in touch with them on Instagram. Gigi Hadid told her fans that while she would have liked to stay on the platform, she was conscious of staying in an unfavorable environment. 

" I can't stay in a place that is not safe for anyone, nor in a social network that will do more good than harm," she said. 

Alongside her apology and statement concerning her quitting Twitter, she also posted about the human rights counselor Shannon Raj Singh who was recently dismissed from the social media platform. Shannon Raj Singh has been part of the human rights team on the platform affected by the massive layoffs currently making rounds on Twitter News. 

In the statement that Shannon Raj Singh released, she wrote, "Yesterday was my last day at Twitter: the entire human rights team has been cut from the company."

Gigi Habib is Not the Only Celebrity Leaving Twitter 

Since the Elon Musk Twitter takeover was announced on the 27th of October, it has generated a lot of controversy concerning how the billionaire would run the platform. 

Elon Musk has been dubbed a "free speech ambassador" who was pushing to ensure that everyone has an expansive freedom of speech on the platform. 

However, several celebrities are not comfortable with the increasing exchange of words that is happening on Twitter. 

The recent controversial action taken by Elon Musk on Twitter is the $8 per month that those who have verification will pay to keep it. Many people are uncomfortable with the decision, claiming that anyone can get verified and impersonate them on the platform. 

Among the list of celebrities who want to leave the social media platform, Toni Braxton, singer, said that she would be leaving the platform because of the number of words she comes across. 

"I am shocked and appalled by some of the 'free speech I have seen on this platform since his acquisition. Hate speech under the veil of 'free speech is unacceptable; therefore, I have decided to stay away from Twitter because it is no longer a safe space for me, my children, and other people of color," Toni Braxton said

Braxton isn't the only celebrity leaving the platform; Shonda Rhimes, a producer, also announced she was leaving the platform owned by Elon Musk. 

She simply wrote," I'm not sticking around for whatever Elon has planned. Goodbye."