Gigi Hadid deletes Twitter profile amid Elon Musk takeover: ‘A cesspool of hate and bigotry’

Gigi Hadid has sensationally deleted her popular Twitter profile, which boasted a 10.4 million following, amid billionaire Elon Musk’s controversial takeover of the social media company.

The supermodel, 27, announced the news to her fans via her Instagram Storywriting: “For a long time, but especially with it’s 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.”

Hadid then apologised to the millions of fans she’d be leaving behind.

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Gigi Hadid, selfie from September, 2022.
Hadid said she could no longer use Twitter, calling out the company’s controversial new owner, Elon Musk. (Instagram)

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“I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone,” she added, “nor a social platform that will do more good than harm.”

Along with the statement, the model also shared the final tweet shared by Twitter’s former Human Rights Counsel, Shannon Raj Singh, who was laid off by Musk

In her tweet, Singh revealed the entire Human Rights team for Twitter had been fired by Musk.

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Now on a Sacking Spree, Musk has promptly fired numerous staff from his new companyincluding most of the previous executives, among them CEO Parag Awal.

Musk acknowledged he had already fired “half of Twitter” during an investor conference over the weekend.

He has also floated the idea of ​​removing Twitter’s “verified tick” symbol and forcing celebrities, experts and other high-profile people to pay US$8 a month (approx. $12.50) to keep it on their profiles.

Elon Musk attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Musk has been heavily criticized for embarking on a ‘sacking spree’ and cutting Twitter’s staff down drastically. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Musk’s rapid actions have seen widespread backlash from users, including horror writer Stephen King, Rosemary’s Baby actress Mia Farrow and actress and body-positive influencer Jameela Jamil.

Shonda Rhimes, Gravity singer Sara Bareilles and creator of The Amazing Spider-Man comic books, Erik Larsen are among the handful of celebrities who have already left the platform.

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