File: Helen Zille said her decision comes after the "grotesque treatment" of her granddaughter on the social media platform.
Zille said her decision comes after the "grotesque treatment" of her granddaughter on the social media platform.
"After the grotesque treatment of my grand-daughter on Twitter ydy, I am closing this account. I say goodbye to some of my followers, and good riddance to the haters, bots and sock-puppets that constitute such a large percentage of my 1,4-million plus followers', said Zille in a lengthy thread.
She said the platform does not allow for open discussions and healthy debates.
"For a long time I have sought to promote Twitter as a platform for rational and civil debate, but it clearly is not possible. It has degenerated into a space of distortion, de-contextualisation, demonization, de-legitimation and double standards."
Zille added that she would be opening a new private account that would allow for "rational debate".
In 2017, Zille came under fire after posting remarks on social media defending colonialism, for which she later apologised.