Social media is supposed to be a place, a community that brings us together. A platform to share and exchange thoughts and opinions. Sure the world has come together with social media, at times, many have also faced the wrath of its toxicity.
No one gets to face this more than actors, who tend to be more active on social media to promote their work or connect to their fans. That’s the whole point of social media and how it should work. But instead, they get vilified by keyboard warriors, who choose to conceal their identity and make hateful or aggressive posts or comments on the internet. Take a look at how some Bollywood celebs called out or even quit social media over negativity.
With constant body-shaming comments and negative speech, the actress kept her mum for quite some time but in January 2020, the Dabangg star finally decided to go off Twitter.
“The first step to protecting your sanity is to stay away from negativity. And nowhere more of that than Twitter these days!” her last tweet read.
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After the tragic death of her alleged ex Sushant Singh Rajput, the actress had received hateful comments on various social media platforms for not posting or uploading anything after the actor’s demise. She took to her Instagram to share a post, bashing trollers for being insensitive. Her post read,
“Social media is the FAKEST, most toxic place.. if you haven’t posted RIP or said something publicly, you’re considered not to be grieving. It seems Social Media is the new ‘Real-world.. and the Real-world has become ‘Fake’.”
The Race 3 actor has also had his own share of being trolled on the internet. After being subjected to harassment on Twitter for no valid reason, the actor broke his silence about the topic.
“Hey Twitter, when we met for the first time, you were lovely. A great platform to express feelings, gather knowledge, and understand many different points of view. But, of late you seem to have gotten lost in all the hate everyone is so ready to throw at each other, a place of bullies, a place where abusing people is a normal code of conduct,” he posted.
These last few days have forced me to realize that I don’t need this kind of energy in my life, where I wake up to hatred, where kindness is lost. It has made me realize that I need to surround myself with people, things, content, and vibes that reflect who I want to be and how I want to feel; energies are contagious,” he added and shared that he “will stay connected through other platforms, but for now, Twitter and I are done” he concluded.
The actress associated with movies like Margarita with a straw, Paglait, Article 15, and many more apparently took a ‘Social media detox’ to cope up with the toxicity.
“Going on detox mode! See you on the other side. Be well tweeps,” she wrote on Twitter on August 25.
Deepika gave it back to one of the trollers on Instagram, who apparently sent her abusive messages. The actress not only shared the troller’s name but also shared the screenshot of the message.
“Wow! Your family and friends must be soo proud of you,” she posted along the screenshot sarcastically.
The newcomer actress who herself hasn’t been subjected to hateful or abusive comments too much herself, but found that social media, in general, had become very toxic and hence decided to leave it for her own mental sanity.
“Peace out. I remember reading somewhere that you don’t have to announce your departure because this isn’t an airport. But I’ll do so for my friends and fans, whose love has always been my strength. This is my last social media post but my team will continue to manage my account so you can stay up to date on my work. Lots of love – Alien.” Furthermore, she captioned the post, “In Aamir sir’s language, dropping the pretense.”