Guess what? Lena Dunham has quit Twitter!
“I’ve been fairly public about that fact that I no longer check my own Twitter,” she said. “I found that the hostility, particularly the hostility towards women and the expressions of violence were too much.”
Dunham made her remarks this afternoon during a forum hosted by MORE Magazine with First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Julianne Moore.
Dunham said that believed that Twitter was an “important platform” but demanded changes and protections from the hatred that she had exposed herself to. Dunham said:
Many internet media platforms — social media platforms — have to be putting more barriers in place for what is ultimately the violent harassament of women. And just because it’s not face to face, doesn’t mean it’s not extremely dangerous emotionally, doesn’t mean it couldn’t transfer to something really kind of terrifying in the real world."
But wait! Didn't Dunham just quit Twitter a couple of months ago?
Lena Dunham is one of the few no-holds-barred famous faces we have in entertainment today, famous for co-creating Girls, embracing the overshare and giving us the realistic Goop we've been waiting for. So why is the 29-year-old quitting Twitter?
"Verbal violence," she says. AKA trolls.
And then there was the time she quit Twitter in January 2015:
The “Girls” star told Ryan Seacrest on the Golden Globes red carpet that she deleted her Twitter account. “People threaten my life and tell me what a cow I am,” she said of the social media platform, adding that she could do without the “neocons” saying she should be under a pile of trash.
However, she tweeted just a few hours before stepping out onto the red carpet to promote the Sunday night season premiere of “Girls.”
Please, Lena, stop quitting Twitter! We're getting confused!
Actually, Lena has kept her Twitter account at all. It's just that it's a fake Twitter account, with a ringer doing the tweeting:
She said she stopped checking her Twitter account, leaving it up to a social media manager. (She still has a Twitter account, but it is managed by a professional.)
What Lena seems to really want–and it's why she keeps "quitting" is for Twitter itself to censor its tweeters more thoroughly so that Lena never has to read anything that hurts her feelings:
“I think that until new codes of conduct are in place, I’m not going to be able to return to looking at that platform freely,” she said.
She said that the problem with Twitter was that there were too many threats that were not being policed.
“I think it’s important to remember that threats are more than someone saying I’m going to come to your house and I’m going to hurt you,” she said. “Insulting someone’s appearance, insulting someone’s religion, or their race, you know, all of that to me constitutes a threat and I think we can make changes to how we control that dialogue on the internet without threatening our First Amendment rights.”
In other words, she's using the public media to try to force restrictions on free expression on social media.