American writer, feminist and ‘fat acceptance movement activist’ Lindy West has stopped using Twitter.
For five years she has provided political commentary, written jokes, shared insights into current affairs – for example what Carrie Fisher might have thought about Steve Martin calling her a “beautiful creature” who “turned out to be witty and bright as well” – all in 140 characters or less.
Twitter has been the “pro bono” work of her career as a journalist.
And, now, she’s logged off.
The breaking point for West was not the trolls: “If I have learned anything from the dark side of Twitter, it is how to feel nothing when a frog calls you a cunt,” she wrote for The Guardian.
Had it been the trolls – for example the men telling her they’d rape her if only she wasn’t so fat – she would have logged off long ago. No, West’s skin is thicker than that.
Her breaking point came from something bigger, and much more sinister than a handful of angry white men armed with keyboards.
She found she could no longer associate with – or “lend her name to” – a platform that enables hate the way Twitter does.
Like the schoolyard teens who watch bullies clean up in stolen lunch money, Twitter sits by and does nothing as a whole movement of "neo nazism" is formed.