Actress Lena Dunham criticized Twitter as a harmful place for women to spend their time, explaining why she decided to stop checking the platform.
“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 Magazinewith 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.