In an opinion piece posted on CNN.com Wednesday, Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor of the cable news network’s “New Day,” announced that she is “breaking up” with Twitter.
Camerota said that she is “killing” her account on the site because it has become “a cesspool of spleen-venting from people who think it’s acceptable to insult other people in public and anonymously.”
“It’s over. I’m breaking up with you,” Camerota wrote.
“You’re a shadow of your former self, the one I was first attracted to. It’s no fun to be with you anymore,” she added. “You’ve become mean and verbally abusive. In fact, you gross me out.”
Camerota, formerly a co-host on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” joined Twitter in 2009.
“So, I’m done. I’m moving on,” she wrote. “I’m looking for something else, something real and lasting. Something that involves actual people, not nearly 48 million bots.
“I prefer my real friends over fake humanoids run by computers and true trolls filled with genuine venom. Call me old fashioned, but I like hearing viewers’ real thoughts, not the ones special interest groups pay them to tweet. I’m logging off, killing my account. And know this — I won’t miss you for a second,” Camerota concluded.
Camerota’s co-anchor, Chris Cuomo, is a prolific tweeter who directly engages supporters and critics. According to Cuomo’s Twitter page, he has tweeted more than 71,000 times since joining in 2009.
In 2016, Cuomo gave up Twitter for Lent and did not engage with his 1.2 million followers during that period.
Camerota’s declaration follows the proliferation of tweets and memes mocking CNN. The mockery ensued in response to the cable network’s perceived overreaction to a tweet by President Donald Trump which featured a video of him wrestling with a man who had the CNN logo superimposed over his face.
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