Gigi Hadid quits Twitter branding it ‘a cesspool of hate and bigotry’

Gigi Hadid has quit Twitter  (ES Composite)
Gigi Hadid has quit Twitter (ES Composite)

Gigi Hadid has quit Twitter, branding the social-media site “a cesspool of hate and bigotry”.

The 27-year-old supermodel is one of many celebrities who have bid farewell to the platform in the wake of Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover.

Taking to Instagram, Hadid informed her fans that she had “deactivated” her account as she criticised the micro-blogging site’s “new leadership”.

She penned: “For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate and bigotry, and it’s not a place I want to be part of.”

The Look Book: Gigi Hadid

<b>June 4, 2018</b> Gigi poses on the checkered carpet for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards wearing a coordinating print ensemble by Versace in Brooklyn, NY, USA (Getty Images)
June 4, 2018 Gigi poses on the checkered carpet for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards wearing a coordinating print ensemble by Versace in Brooklyn, NY, USA (Getty Images)
<b>February 18, 2014</b> Gigi Hadid arrives at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50 years of Swim wearing a patterned cut out dress in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images for Sports Illustra)
February 18, 2014 Gigi Hadid arrives at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50 years of Swim wearing a patterned cut out dress in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images for Sports Illustra)
<b>August 28, 2014</b> Gigi Hadid attends DuJour Magazine's Jason Binn celebrating Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Bruce Weber shoot wearing a white lace ensemble in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
August 28, 2014 Gigi Hadid attends DuJour Magazine's Jason Binn celebrating Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Bruce Weber shoot wearing a white lace ensemble in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
<b>November 4, 2014</b> Gigi Hadid attends Melbourne Cup Day wearing a bright pink floral Alex Perry mini dress paired with a Jonathan Howard star headpiece in Melbourne, Australia (Getty Images)
November 4, 2014 Gigi Hadid attends Melbourne Cup Day wearing a bright pink floral Alex Perry mini dress paired with a Jonathan Howard star headpiece in Melbourne, Australia (Getty Images)
<b>February 16, 2015</b> Gigi Hadid attends the Maybelline New York Celebrates Fashion Week at Rivington Rooftop wearing an athleisure inspired ensemble in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
February 16, 2015 Gigi Hadid attends the Maybelline New York Celebrates Fashion Week at Rivington Rooftop wearing an athleisure inspired ensemble in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
<b>February 22, 2015</b> Gigi Hadid attends the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party wearing an Atelier Versace high-slit gown in West Hollywood, CA, USA (Getty Images)
February 22, 2015 Gigi Hadid attends the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party wearing an Atelier Versace high-slit gown in West Hollywood, CA, USA (Getty Images)
<b>May 21, 2015</b> Gigi Hadid attends  amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala wearing a white Tom Ford cut out dress in Cap D’Antibes, France (Getty Images)
May 21, 2015 Gigi Hadid attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala wearing a white Tom Ford cut out dress in Cap D’Antibes, France (Getty Images)
<b>June 1, 2015</b> Gigi Hadid arrives at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall wearing a Michael Kors gold sequined jumpsuit in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
June 1, 2015 Gigi Hadid arrives at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall wearing a Michael Kors gold sequined jumpsuit in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
<b>August 30, 2015</b> Gigi walks the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a yellow Emilia Wickstead dress in Los Angeles, CA, USA (AFP/Getty Images)
August 30, 2015 Gigi walks the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a yellow Emilia Wickstead dress in Los Angeles, CA, USA (AFP/Getty Images)
<b>November 10, 2015</b> Gigi Hadid poses on the pink carpet of the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion After Party wearing a revealing House of CB cutout bodysuit with a Sally LaPointe skirt in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)
November 10, 2015 Gigi Hadid poses on the pink carpet of the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion After Party wearing a revealing House of CB cutout bodysuit with a Sally LaPointe skirt in New York, NY, USA (Getty Images)

The runway star said she could no longer say the site “will do more good than harm”.

Celebrities, including producer Shonda Rhimes, actor Tea Loni, as well as singers Sara Bareilles and Toni Braxton, bowed out after Musk took over.

Hadid criticised Elon Musk’s ‘leadership’ as she informed fans that she had deactivated her account (PA Wire)
Hadid criticised Elon Musk’s ‘leadership’ as she informed fans that she had deactivated her account (PA Wire)

Hadid is not the only famous face to raise concerns about the direction the site will take now Tesla boss Musk has taken over, with its founder, Jack Dorsey, also criticising his vision for the platform’s future.

The two men got into a war of words after Musk said Twitter’s “mission” was to be “by far the most accurate source of information about the world”. When Dorsey asked “accurate to who?”, Musk said that would be “judged by the people of Twitter”.

His predecessor then told him making the site “more informative” was “a far better goal”.

Musk has said his much-criticised plans to charge $8 (£4.30) a month to users with verified accounts is in part an attempt to combat misinformation.

The verification system is currently designed to help users identify authentic and influential users on the platform, including government figures, athletes, entertainment stars, and journalists, as well as brands and organisations.

Musk recently got into a war of words with former owner Jack Dorsey (Prakash Singh/ AFP via Getty Images)
Musk recently got into a war of words with former owner Jack Dorsey (Prakash Singh/ AFP via Getty Images)

Musk also warned any account impersonating another will be banned unless it clearly states it is a parody. It comes after a spate of users changed their Twitter names to “Elon Musk”.

Musk’s acquisition of the firm has caused concern given his previous support for loosening content moderation and reversing bans on accounts, potentially including Donald Trump.

He also fuelled concerns Twitter may become a hotspot for hate speech and misinformation after tweeting a link to conspiracy theories about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.