After Elon Musk was appointed as the new CEO of Twitter, American model Gigi Hadid deactivated her account. Gigi announced her decision on Instagram, amid the organization’s mass layoffs, writing, “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,”
Gigi also apologised to fans for her departure from the social media platform. “Only sorry to the fans, who I have loved connecting with on Twitter for a decade, but I can’t say “I can’t stay it’s a safe place for anyone, nor a social platform that will do more good than harm,” she added. Her profile is currently missing from the website.
Gigi also shared Human Rights Counsel Shannon Raj Singh’s tweet about leaving the company. Elon Musk fired several employees after taking control last week. According to Page Six, this also included the human rights team.
Elon Musk previously defended his decision to fire employees, claiming that Twitter was losing more than USD 4 million per day. “Twitter’s workforce reduction is unavoidable when the company is losing over USD 4 million per day. Everyone who left was given three months of severance pay, which is 50% more than what is legally required “He stated this in a tweet. In addition, Twitter will launch a paid subscription system, with all verified users required to pay $8 for their verified badge.
Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin, Téa Leoni, Ron Perlman, lyricist Sara Bareilles, and Toni Braxton have all left the microblogging website.