After Elon Musk took over Twitter, Gigi Hadid said she was leaving the social media site. She called it a “cesspool of hate and bigotry.”
The supermodel, who is 27 years old, said on Instagram on Friday that she had shut down her Twitter account because of the mass layoffs, which included the human rights team.
“For a long time, but especially with its new leadership,” Hadid wrote of Musk, “it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and its [sic] not a place I want to be a part of.”
She told her fans on the platform that she was sorry and that she loved getting to know them.
“I can’t stay it’s a safe place for anyone,” she continued, “nor a social platform that will do more good than harm.”
Along with her statement, she included a tweet from Human Rights Counsel Shannon Raj Singh about being fired from the tech giant.
On Friday, Twitter fired about half of its staff. In an email to employees, the company said the layoffs were “necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.”
Toni Braxton had said before that she wouldn’t be on the social media site either.
“I’m shocked and appalled at some of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition. Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons and other POC,” she wrote last month.
Also leaving Twitter in October were Shonda Rhimes, Sara Bareilles, and Téa Leoni.
“Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye,” Rhimes wrote.
Musk also made waves last week when he said he would charge a monthly fee for the blue verification check mark, which was once very popular.