A feminist fled Twitter after declaring it had become a place that legitimized neo-Nazis and other groups.
Lindy West, a feminist and body image activist, announced that she was leaving Twitter in an op-ed for The Guardian.
West complained about the amount of “unpaid work” she did on Twitter only to be terrorized by “neo-Nazis.” According to West, she offered jokes, political commentary, advice and basic feminism for free.
“Off Twitter, these are all things by which I make my living – in fact, they comprise the totality of my income,” West said. “But on Twitter, I do them pro bono and, in return, I am micromanaged in real time by strangers; neo-Nazis mine my personal life for vulnerabilities to exploit.”
The final straw, according to West, was not the “Nazi trolls,” but “the global repercussions of Twitter’s refusal to stop them.” Twitter did not try to stop the rampage of the “alt-right,” West claimed.
“Twitter abuse was a grand-scale normalisation project, disseminating libel and disinformation, muddying long-held cultural givens such as “racism is bad” and “sexual assault is bad” and “lying is bad” and “authoritarianism is bad”…,” West wrote.
West accused President-elect Donald Trump of using Twitter as a way to silence reporters and attack people. Because of that, West said she could not longer be a part of a platform that routinely hurts people like herself.
“…But I’m personally weary of feeling hostage to a platform that has treated me and the people I care about so poorly. We can do good work elsewhere,” West declared.
Most recently, West tried to launch a coalition of fat people to swing the election out of Trump’s favor. West proudly declared that her “fat ass” was with former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and called all fat people to join her in rising up against Trump.
“So, come on, fat people, JOIN ME. RISE UP…. I can think of no more appropriate fate for this classist, xenophobic, white supremacist whoopee cushion than to be hurled back into F-list obscurity by a coalition of women, people of colour, Muslims, fat people, veterans, LGBT people and every intersection therein,” West said.
Twitter could not be reached for comment.
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