Gigi Hadid stayed one of the hundreds of thousands who left Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media platform. The model announced her decision on Instagram over the weekend, sharing an IG post revealed Twitter’s human rights team had been fired Friday.
Musk notoriously made deep cuts to the company and laid off more than 3,000 employees on Friday. (Now, Bloomberg reportsTwitter is offering dozens of them their jobs back, some because “management realized their work and experience may be needed to build the new features Musk envisions,” Bloomberg wrote, according to its sources.)
Hadid shared a screenshot of former Twitter human rights advisor Shannon Raj Singh’s tweet in her post. Singh wrote on Friday: “Yesterday was my last day at Twitter: the entire human rights team has been cut from the company. I am immensely proud of the work we did to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to protect those who vulnerable in global conflicts and crises, including Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Ukraine, and to defend the needs of those who are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations by virtue of their presence on social media, such as journalists and human rights defenders.”
Hadid added her own comment at the end, explaining why exactly she deactivated her own account. “I deactivated my Twitter today,” she began. “For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s become more and more a cesspool of hatred and bigotry, and that’s not a place I want to be a part of.”
“Only apologies to the fans I’ve loved connecting with for a decade via Twitter, but I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone or a social platform that will do more good than harm.”
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